- pleasure or delight.
- desire; inclination; wish.
verb (used without object)
Origin of lust
Examples from the Web for lusting
He had given away for one red moment to the leaping, lusting urge to smash the world.Gladiator|Philip Wylie
And Colonel Ward went back to watch the digging, angry, lusting, and disheartened.The Skipper and the Skipped|Holman Day
Such was the reward of their concupiscence, which Paul here aptly explains as "lusting after evil things."Epistle Sermons, Vol. III|Martin Luther
"I have never had the modern madness of lusting for gold; that is all," he told her.Daughter of the Sun|Jackson Gregory
Has not the Scripture something upon "the lusting after a woman" being no less criminal than the crime?Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 6 (of 6)|Thomas Moore
Word Origin for lust
Old English lust "desire, appetite, pleasure," from Proto-Germanic *lustuz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch, German lust, Old Norse lyst, Gothic lustus "pleasure, desire, lust"), from PIE *las- "to be eager, wanton, or unruly" (cf. Latin lascivus "wanton, playful, lustful;" see lascivious).
In Middle English, "any source of pleasure or delight," also "an appetite," also "a liking for a person," also "fertility" (of soil). Sense of "sinful sexual desire, degrading animal passion" (now the main meaning) developed in late Old English from the word's use in Bible translations (e.g. lusts of the flesh to render Latin concupiscentia carnis [I John ii:16]); the cognate words in other Germanic languages tend still to mean simply "pleasure."
c.1200, "to wish, to desire," from lust (n.) and Old English lystan (see list (v.4)). Sense of "to have a strong sexual desire (for or after)" is first attested 1520s in biblical use. Related: Lusted; lusting.