[ luhsh-uhs ]
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  1. highly pleasing to the taste or smell: luscious peaches.

  2. richly satisfying to the senses or the mind: the luscious style of his poetry.

  1. richly adorned; luxurious: luscious furnishings.

  2. arousing physical, or sexual, desire; voluptuous: a luscious figure.

  3. sweet to excess; cloying.

Origin of luscious

1375–1425; late Middle English lucius, unexplained variant of licius, aphetic variant of delicious

synonym study For luscious

1. See delicious.

Other words for luscious

Opposites for luscious

Other words from luscious

  • lus·cious·ly, adverb
  • lus·cious·ness, noun
  • o·ver·lus·cious, adjective
  • o·ver·lus·cious·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·lus·cious·ness, noun

Words Nearby luscious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use luscious in a sentence

  • The cook, placed upon her mettle, served a delicious repast—a luscious tenderloin broiled a point.

  • The red ones were huge, bursting with juice, and the trees were laden full with the luscious fruit.

    The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • With beating heart Bessie counted the hours that must pass before she could run in the orchard and eat the luscious fruit.

  • We gave him luscious twigs if he behaved well and sometimes delicious fruit.

    Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
  • At two o'clock they were all collected in heaps—big red Spitzenbergs, plump greenings, brown russets, and luscious Baldwins.

British Dictionary definitions for luscious


/ (ˈlʌʃəs) /

  1. extremely pleasurable, esp to the taste or smell

  2. very attractive

  1. archaic cloying

Origin of luscious

C15 lucius, licius, perhaps a shortened form of delicious

Derived forms of luscious

  • lusciously, adverb
  • lusciousness, noun

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