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[luhsh-uh s] /ˈlʌʃ əs/
highly pleasing to the taste or smell:
luscious peaches.
richly satisfying to the senses or the mind:
the luscious style of his poetry.
richly adorned; luxurious:
luscious furnishings.
arousing physical, or sexual, desire; voluptuous:
a luscious figure.
sweet to excess; cloying.
Origin of luscious
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English lucius, unexplained variant of licius, aphetic variant of delicious
Related forms
lusciously, adverb
lusciousness, noun
overluscious, adjective
overlusciously, adverb
overlusciousness, noun
1. delectable, palatable. See delicious.
1. disgusting, unpalatable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for luscious
  • They are also more likely to be tempted by the luscious plums hanging from the trees.
  • It will then be a beautifully formed mound of luscious dessert.
  • If luscious diversity characterizes the tropical east, then in the domain of the western potentate productivity is king.
  • But all of these heirlooms are evenly deep-hued and luscious on the inside, as crimson and soft as mouth flesh.
  • They have tightly luscious surfaces and, sometimes tropically bright in color, they are consistently pretty.
  • luscious, creamy sorbets fill the need for frozen comfort without the fat.
  • The truffle macaroni and cheese was to die for, luscious with a lovely earthy note from the truffle.
  • There were bikinis, briefs and tap pants cut in luscious satin.
  • The luscious fresh flavor is fleeting, replaced all too soon by an off, sour one.
  • luscious mountain streams are enticing for fisherman, hikers, bikers and campers.
British Dictionary definitions for luscious


extremely pleasurable, esp to the taste or smell
very attractive
(archaic) cloying
Derived Forms
lusciously, adverb
lusciousness, noun
Word Origin
C15 lucius, licius, perhaps a shortened form of delicious
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Word Origin and History for luscious

late 15c., perhaps a variant (with form perhaps influenced by Old French luxure, lusure) of Middle English licius "delicious" (c.1400), which is perhaps a shortening of delicious, but OED is against this. Related: Lusciously; lusciousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for luscious



Very attractive; dishy, sexy, zoftig (1748+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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