lavish

[lav-ish]

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.

Nearby words

  1. lavern,
  2. laverna,
  3. laverock,
  4. lavigne,
  5. lavinia,
  6. lavishly,
  7. lavoisier,
  8. lavoisier, antoine,
  9. lavoisier, antoine laurent,
  10. lavolta

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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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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British Dictionary definitions for lavishness

lavish

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 Formslavisher, 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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