lush

1 [luhsh]
adjective, lusher, lushest.
1.
(of vegetation, plants, grasses, etc.) luxuriant; succulent; tender and juicy.
2.
characterized by luxuriant vegetation: a lush valley.
3.
characterized by luxuriousness, opulence, etc.: the lush surroundings of his home.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English lusch slack; akin to Old English lysu bad, lēas lax, Middle Low German lasch slack, Old Norse lǫskr weak, Gothic lasiws weak

lushly, adverb
lushness, noun


1. luxurious, fresh.


1. withered, stale.
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lush

2 [luhsh] Slang.
noun
1.
drunkard; alcoholic; sot.
2.
intoxicating liquor.
verb (used without object)
3.
to drink liquor.
verb (used with object)
4.
to drink (liquor).

Origin:
1780–90; perhaps facetious application of lush1

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lush1 (lʌʃ)
 
adj
1.  (of vegetation) abounding in lavish growth
2.  (esp of fruits) succulent and fleshy
3.  luxurious, elaborate, or opulent
 
[C15: probably from Old French lasche lax, lazy, from Latin laxus loose; perhaps related to Old English lǣc, Old Norse lakr weak, German lasch loose]
 
'lushly1
 
adv
 
'lushness1
 
n

lush2 (lʌʃ)
 
n
1.  a heavy drinker, esp an alcoholic
2.  alcoholic drink
 
vb
3.  (US), (Canadian) to drink (alcohol) to excess
 
[C19: origin unknown]

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Word Origin & History

lush
1440, "lax, flaccid, soft, tender," from O.Fr. lasche "soft, succulent," from laschier "loosen," from L.L. laxicare "become shaky," related to L. laxare "loosen," from laxus "loose" (see lax). Sense of "luxuriant in growth" is first attested 1610; erroneously applied to colors since 1744.

lush
1890, "drunkard," from earlier (1790) slang meaning "liquor" (in phrase lush ken "alehouse"); perhaps a humorous use of lush (adj.) or from Romany or Shelta (tinkers' jargon).
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Example sentences
The countryside is lush, with rolling hills, and tea bushes nestled under
  verdant green trees.
The campus has a pastoral feel with limestone buildings and lush trees in full
  bloom.
Nor does it explain the lush aroma that hits your nose as you sip.
There are lush green ferns, complex undergrowth and stunning waterfalls.
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