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lush

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[ luhsh ]
/ lʌʃ /
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adjective, lush·er, lush·est.

(of vegetation, plants, grasses, etc.) luxuriant; succulent; tender and juicy.
characterized by luxuriant vegetation: a lush valley.
characterized by luxuriousness, opulence, etc.: the lush surroundings of his home.

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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
lushly, adverblushness, noun

Definition for lush (2 of 2)

lush2
[ luhsh ]
/ lʌʃ /
Slang.

noun

Disparaging and Offensive. a habitual drinker of alcohol who is frequently intoxicated.
intoxicating liquor.

verb (used without object)

to drink liquor.

verb (used with object)

to drink (liquor).

Origin of lush

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First recorded in 1780–90; perhaps facetious application of lush1
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British Dictionary definitions for lush (1 of 2)

lush1
/ (lʌʃ) /

adjective

(of vegetation) abounding in lavish growth
(esp of fruits) succulent and fleshy
luxurious, elaborate, or opulent
lushly, adverblushness, noun
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

British Dictionary definitions for lush (2 of 2)

lush2
/ (lʌʃ) slang /

noun

a heavy drinker, esp an alcoholic
alcoholic drink

verb

US and Canadian to drink (alcohol) to excess
C19: origin unknown
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