[ luhsh ]
/ lʌʃ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. lusatian,
  2. luschka's bursa,
  3. luschka's duct,
  4. luscious,
  5. luser,
  6. lusher,
  7. lushhead,
  8. lushy,
  9. lusitania,
  10. lusitanian

Origin of lush

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


[ luhsh ]
/ lʌʃ /


drunkard; alcoholic; sot.
intoxicating liquor.

verb (used without object)

to drink liquor.

verb (used with object)

to drink (liquor).

Origin of lush

First recorded in 1780–90; perhaps facetious application of lush1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lush


/ (lʌʃ) /


(of vegetation) abounding in lavish growth
(esp of fruits) succulent and fleshy
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


a heavy drinker, esp an alcoholic
alcoholic drink


US and Canadian to drink (alcohol) to excess

Word Origin for lush

C19: origin unknown

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