1. highly pleasing to the taste or smell: luscious peaches.
  2. richly satisfying to the senses or the mind: the luscious style of his poetry.
  3. richly adorned; luxurious: luscious furnishings.
  4. arousing physical, or sexual, desire; voluptuous: a luscious figure.
  5. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for lusciously

Historical Examples of lusciously

  • Not quite so lusciously fragrant as those in your grandmother's July garden?

    Molly Make-Believe

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

  • The rats are a numerous race in Antigua, and feed most lusciously upon the sugar-cane, to the grief and loss of the planter.

  • The absurdity of the imitation of symbolic reasoning is so lusciously rich, that I shall insert it when I make up my final book.

  • The delicate features were mignonne, except for the delicious, warm, lusciously cut mouth Was she blonde or brunet he wondered.

    Out of the Air

    Inez Haynes Irwin

  • The capillaire plant yielded a lusciously sweet, sugary substance.

    Pioneers in Canada

    Sir Harry Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for lusciously


  1. extremely pleasurable, esp to the taste or smell
  2. very attractive
  3. 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 lusciously



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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