- expended, bestowed, or occurring in profusion: lavish spending.
- using or giving in great amounts; prodigal (often followed by of): lavish of his time; lavish of affection.
- to expend or give in great amounts or without limit: to lavish gifts on a person.
Origin of lavish
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Examples from the Web for lavished
Beck lavished attention upon her—mostly, it seemed, because she had been seduced by his charms.Glenn Beck’s Anti-Common Core Kumbaya Moment
July 23, 2014
Kessenich, to be fair, has also lavished the Iroquois with praise for their skills and sportsmanship in subsequent games.A Millennium After Inventing the Game, the Iroquois Are Lacrosse’s New Superpower
July 21, 2014
The president also lavished praise on Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.Obama Does Jay Leno: President Riffs on the Economy, Afghanistan, Rape & His Math Deficiency
October 25, 2012
He also lavished praise on Karen Santorum, lauding her for giving up her career to take care of her children.Evangelicals in an Uproar Over Rick Santorum Endorsement
January 19, 2012
But Clinton lavished money and attention on California, both while seeking office and in office.Bubba vs. Moonbeam
October 15, 2010
And the staring admiration that is lavished on me everywhere!The Bacillus of Beauty
The old Greek gods had favorites upon whom they lavished their affections.Understanding the Scriptures
For another whole week she lavished the tenderest care on him.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Bethink thee of all the bounty these hands have lavished on thee.The Sea-Hawk
For the rest, he had lavished Justin nobly for his mother's sake.The Lion's Skin
- prolific, abundant, or profuse
- generous; unstinting; liberal
- extravagant; prodigal; wastefullavish expenditure
- (tr) to give, expend, or apply abundantly, generously, or in profusion
Word Origin and History for lavished
1540s, from lavish (adj.). Related: Lavished; lavishing.
mid-15c., from Middle French lavasse (n.) "torrent of rain, deluge," from Old French lavache, from laver "to wash," from Latin lavare "to wash" (see lave). Related: Lavishly.