- (of vegetation, plants, grasses, etc.) luxuriant; succulent; tender and juicy.
- characterized by luxuriant vegetation: a lush valley.
- characterized by luxuriousness, opulence, etc.: the lush surroundings of his home.
Origin of lush1
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Examples from the Web for lushness
There must be water somewhere; otherwise how account for the lushness of the vegetation?Prester John
Republics are notoriously susceptible, and here it grows with a lushness comparable only to the jungle.Diplomatic Days
There is a looseness and lushness, a romanticism and balladry, in the work, that is not quite characteristic.Musical Portraits
- (of vegetation) abounding in lavish growth
- (esp of fruits) succulent and fleshy
- luxurious, elaborate, or opulent
- a heavy drinker, esp an alcoholic
- alcoholic drink
- US and Canadian to drink (alcohol) to excess
Word Origin and History for lushness
mid-15c., "lax, flaccid, soft, tender," from Old French lasche "soft, succulent," from laschier "loosen," from Late Latin laxicare "become shaky," related to Latin laxare "loosen," from laxus "loose" (see lax). Sense of "luxuriant in growth" is first attested c.1600, in Shakespeare. Applied to colors since 1744. Related: Lushly; lushness.
"drunkard," 1890, from earlier (1790) slang meaning "liquor" (especially in phrase lush ken "alehouse"); perhaps a humorous use of lush (adj.) or from Romany or Shelta (tinkers' jargon).
LUSHEY. Drunk. The rolling kiddeys had a spree, and got bloody lushey; the dashing lads went on a party of pleasure, and got very drunk. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]