SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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. verb (used with object) to expend or give in great amounts or without limit: to lavish gifts on a person. Origin of lavish 1425–75; late Middle English lavas profusion (noun), profuse (adj.) < Middle French lavasse downpour of rain, derivative of laver to wash < Latin lavāre Related forms lav·ish·er, noun lav·ish·ly, adverb lav·ish·ness, noun o·ver·lav·ish, adjective o·ver·lav·ish·ly, adverb o·ver·lav·ish·ness, noun un·lav·ish, adjective un·lav·ished, adjective Synonym study 1, 2. Lavish, prodigal, profuse refer to that which exists in abundance and is poured out copiously. Lavish suggests (sometimes excessive) generosity and openhandedness: lavish hospitality; much too lavish. Prodigal suggests wastefulness, improvidence, and reckless impatience of restraint: a prodigal extravagance. Profuse emphasizes abundance, but may suggest overemotionalism, exaggeration, or the like: profuse thanks, compliments, apologies.
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Related Words for lavishes generous
squander Examples from the Web for lavishes Historical Examples of lavishes
These are angels' delights which He
lavishes upon the prodigal.
lavishes on me a wealth of love that humbles me with a consciousness of my own demerits.
Kneeling beside him Tosca
lavishes tears and kisses upon him.
He borrows money right and left and
lavishes it upon beggars.
A man who
lavishes his money in youth, becomes the slave of a guinea in old age. British Dictionary definitions for lavishes adjective prolific, abundant, or profuse generous; unstinting; liberal extravagant; prodigal; wasteful lavish expenditure verb (tr) to give, expend, or apply abundantly, generously, or in profusion Derived Forms lavisher, noun lavishly, adverb lavishment, noun lavishness, noun Word Origin for lavish
C15: adj use of
lavas profusion, from Old French lavasse torrent, from Latin lavāre to wash
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Word Origin and History for lavishes v.
lavish (adj.). Related: Lavished; lavishing. adj.
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.
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