highly pleasing to the taste or smell: luscious peaches.
richly satisfying to the senses or the mind: the luscious style of his poetry.
richly adorned; luxurious: luscious furnishings.
arousing physical, or sexual, desire; voluptuous: a luscious figure.
sweet to excess; cloying.

Origin of luscious

1375–1425; late Middle English lucius, unexplained variant of licius, aphetic variant of delicious
Related formslus·cious·ly, adverblus·cious·ness, nouno·ver·lus·cious, adjectiveo·ver·lus·cious·ly, adverbo·ver·lus·cious·ness, noun

Synonyms for luscious

Synonym study

1. See delicious.

Antonyms for luscious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for luscious

Contemporary Examples of luscious

Historical Examples of luscious

  • And who could be more just than he in distributing the luscious prize?

  • In plucking them they pricked their fingers with the sharp points, but the fruit was luscious.

    Sielanka: An Idyll

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • She could still see him in action with the seven luscious maidens.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • In the fragrance of the blossom of the limes the bees are gleaning a luscious harvest.

  • No drop of water might cool his lips, no luscious fruit might soothe his agony.

British Dictionary definitions for luscious



extremely pleasurable, esp to the taste or smell
very attractive
archaic cloying
Derived Formslusciously, adverblusciousness, noun

Word Origin for luscious

C15 lucius, licius, perhaps a shortened form of delicious
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Word Origin and History for luscious

late 15c., perhaps a variant (with form perhaps influenced by Old French luxure, lusure) of Middle English licius "delicious" (c.1400), which is perhaps a shortening of delicious, but OED is against this. Related: Lusciously; lusciousness.

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