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luscious

[luhsh-uh s] /ˈlʌʃ əs/
adjective
1.
highly pleasing to the taste or smell:
luscious peaches.
2.
richly satisfying to the senses or the mind:
the luscious style of his poetry.
3.
richly adorned; luxurious:
luscious furnishings.
4.
arousing physical, or sexual, desire; voluptuous:
a luscious figure.
5.
sweet to excess; cloying.
Origin of luscious
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Synonyms
1. delectable, palatable. See delicious.
Antonyms
1. disgusting, unpalatable.
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  • The absurdity of the imitation of symbolic reasoning is so lusciously rich, that I shall insert it when I make up my final book.

  • Not quite so lusciously fragrant as those in your grandmother's July garden?

    Molly Make-Believe Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • The delicate features were mignonne, except for the delicious, warm, lusciously cut mouth Was she blonde or brunet he wondered.

    Out of the Air Inez Haynes Irwin
  • The rats are a numerous race in Antigua, and feed most lusciously upon the sugar-cane, to the grief and loss of the planter.

  • The capillaire plant yielded a lusciously sweet, sugary substance.

    Pioneers in Canada Sir Harry Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for lusciously

luscious

/ˈlʌʃəs/
adjective
1.
extremely pleasurable, esp to the taste or smell
2.
very attractive
3.
(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 lusciously

luscious

adj.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lusciously

luscious

adjective

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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