lushes

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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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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