lavish

[ lav-ish ]
/ ˈlæv ɪʃ /

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.

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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

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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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British Dictionary definitions for lavishly

lavish
/ (ˈlævɪʃ) /

adjective

prolific, abundant, or profuse
generous; unstinting; liberal
extravagant; prodigal; wastefullavish expenditure

verb

(tr) to give, expend, or apply abundantly, generously, or in profusion

Derived forms of lavish

lavisher, nounlavishly, adverblavishment, nounlavishness, 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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