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lush

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

2
First recorded in 1780–90; perhaps facetious application of lush1
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Historical Examples of lushed

  • I had a lot of militia chaps, and well paid and lushed them.

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British Dictionary definitions for lushed

lush

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

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

C19: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for lushed

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.

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lush

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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