[ 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.

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


lush·ly, adverblush·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lushness

  • There must be water somewhere; otherwise how account for the lushness of the vegetation?

    Prester John|John Buchan
  • There is a looseness and lushness, a romanticism and balladry, in the work, that is not quite characteristic.

    Musical Portraits|Paul Rosenfeld
  • Republics are notoriously susceptible, and here it grows with a lushness comparable only to the jungle.

    Diplomatic Days|Edith O'Shaughnessy

British Dictionary definitions for lushness (1 of 2)

/ (lʌʃ) /


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

Derived forms of lush

lushly, 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

British Dictionary definitions for lushness (2 of 2)

/ (lʌʃ) slang /


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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