lush

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[luhsh]
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adjective, lush·er, lush·est.
  1. (of vegetation, plants, grasses, etc.) luxuriant; succulent; tender and juicy.
  2. characterized by luxuriant vegetation: a lush valley.
  3. characterized by luxuriousness, opulence, etc.: the lush surroundings of his home.

Origin of lush

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1400–50; late Middle English lusch slack; akin to Old English lysu bad, lēas lax, Middle Low German lasch slack, Old Norse lǫskr weak, Gothic lasiws weak
Related formslush·ly, adverblush·ness, noun

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1. withered, stale.

lush

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[luhsh]Slang.
noun
  1. drunkard; alcoholic; sot.
  2. intoxicating liquor.
verb (used without object)
  1. to drink liquor.
verb (used with object)
  1. to drink (liquor).

Origin of lush

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First recorded in 1780–90; perhaps facetious application of lush1
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lush

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adjective
  1. (of vegetation) abounding in lavish growth
  2. (esp of fruits) succulent and fleshy
  3. luxurious, elaborate, or opulent
Derived Formslushly, adverblushness, noun

Word Origin for lush

C15: probably from Old French lasche lax, lazy, from Latin laxus loose; perhaps related to Old English lǣc, Old Norse lakr weak, German lasch loose

lush

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noun
  1. a heavy drinker, esp an alcoholic
  2. alcoholic drink
verb
  1. US and Canadian to drink (alcohol) to excess

Word Origin for lush

C19: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for lush
adj.

mid-15c., "lax, flaccid, soft, tender," from Old French lasche "soft, succulent," from laschier "loosen," from Late Latin laxicare "become shaky," related to Latin laxare "loosen," from laxus "loose" (see lax). Sense of "luxuriant in growth" is first attested c.1600, in Shakespeare. Applied to colors since 1744. Related: Lushly; lushness.

n.

"drunkard," 1890, from earlier (1790) slang meaning "liquor" (especially in phrase lush ken "alehouse"); perhaps a humorous use of lush (adj.) or from Romany or Shelta (tinkers' jargon).

LUSHEY. Drunk. The rolling kiddeys had a spree, and got bloody lushey; the dashing lads went on a party of pleasure, and got very drunk. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
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