[ luhst ]
/ lʌst /


verb (used without object)

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

Nearby words

  1. lushy,
  2. lusitania,
  3. lusitanian,
  4. luso-,
  5. lusory,
  6. luster,
  7. luster painting,
  8. lustered,
  9. lusterer,
  10. lustering

Origin of lust

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

Related formsun·lust·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lusting


/ (lʌst) /


a strong desire for sexual gratification
a strong desire or drive


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

Word Origin for 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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Word Origin and History for lusting
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