[ luhst ]
See synonyms for: lustlusting on

  1. intense sexual desire or appetite.

  2. uncontrolled or illicit sexual desire or appetite; lecherousness.

  1. a passionate or overmastering desire or craving (usually followed by for): a lust for power.

  2. ardent enthusiasm; zest; relish: an enviable lust for life.

  3. Obsolete.

    • pleasure or delight.

    • desire; inclination; wish.

verb (used without object)
  1. to have intense sexual desire.

  2. to have a yearning or desire; have a strong or excessive craving (often followed by for or after).

Origin of lust

First recorded before 900; Middle English luste, Old English lust; cognate with Dutch, German Lust “pleasure, desire”; akin to Old Norse lyst “desire”; see list4

Other words for lust

Other words from lust

  • un·lust·ing, adjective

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How to use lust in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lust


/ (lʌst) /

  1. a strong desire for sexual gratification

  2. a strong desire or drive

  1. (intr; often foll by after or for) to have a lust (for)

Origin of lust

Old English; related to Old High German lust desire, Old Norse losti sexual desire, Latin lascīvus playful, wanton, lustful. Compare listless

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