- (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.
Origin of lush1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for lush on Thesaurus.com
- drunkard; alcoholic; sot.
- intoxicating liquor.
- to drink liquor.
- to drink (liquor).
Origin of lush2
Examples from the Web for lush
The forests were lush and filled with life, from giant snakes to monkeys.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
From the height of 700 feet, a lush uniform green obscured the destruction unfolding below him.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
But most of her interpretative choices are sound, even on a song with challenging psychological depths such as “Lush Life.”Can Lady Gaga Do Jazz?
September 22, 2014
Some day we will have a proper book on Tove Jansson the fine artist, with lush reproductions of her work.Tove Jansson, Queen of the Moomins
August 9, 2014
“The painting is lush and triggers a sensory overload,” Harding said.Hello, ‘Gorgeous’: Grit and Glamour In San Francisco
June 20, 2014
The coastline was just ahead: green with a lush, tropical vegetation.
Here in the valley, notwithstanding the recent drought, the grass was lush.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
They leaves us to oursel's, and then takes away all the lush with 'em!Paul Clifford, Complete
They were still there, wallowing in the shallow water and grazing on the lush vegetation.The Weakling
Everett B. Cole
The old man now,” went on Grogan, “is a good deal of a lush.Little Lost Sister
- (of vegetation) abounding in lavish growth
- (esp of fruits) succulent and fleshy
- luxurious, elaborate, or opulent
- a heavy drinker, esp an alcoholic
- alcoholic drink
- US and Canadian to drink (alcohol) to excess
Word Origin and History for lush
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.
"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]