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.

Nearby words

  1. lusaka,
  2. lusatia,
  3. lusatian,
  4. luschka's bursa,
  5. luschka's duct,
  6. luser,
  7. lush,
  8. lusher,
  9. lushhead,
  10. lushy

Origin of luscious

1375–1425; late Middle English lucius, unexplained variant of licius, aphetic variant of delicious

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1. See delicious. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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