[luhst-fuh l]


full of or motivated by lust, greed, or the like: He was an emperor lustful of power.
having strong sexual desires; lecherous; libidinous.
Archaic. lusty.

Origin of lustful

before 900; Middle English, Old English; see lust, -ful
Related formslust·ful·ly, adverblust·ful·ness, nounun·lust·ful, adjectiveun·lust·ful·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lustful

Contemporary Examples of lustful

Historical Examples of lustful

  • And the lustful and tyrannical desires are, as we saw, at the greatest distance?

  • Not a detail of her appearance escaped his quick, lustful eyes.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • A company that gestured, grimaced with the charm of lustful marionettes.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • They prevail, not as lustful excesses, but as religious observances.

    The Physical Life of Woman:

    Dr. George H Napheys

  • They awakened his other soul, the turbulent and lustful soul of a hungry beast.

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

British Dictionary definitions for lustful



driven by lust
archaic vigorous or lusty
Derived Formslustfully, adverblustfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lustful

Old English lustfull "wishful, desirous, having an eager desire;" see lust (n.) + -ful. Specifically of sexual desire from 1570s. Related: Lustfully; lustfulness. Middle English also had lustsome, which was used in a sense of "voluptuous, lustful" from c.1400. Old English had lustbære "desirable, pleasant, cheerful, joyous."

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