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lush1

[luhsh] /lʌʃ/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Related forms
lushly, adverb
lushness, noun
Synonyms
1. luxurious, fresh.
Antonyms
1. withered, stale.
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  • lushly photographed in a way that both enhances and obscures, it tells of this fortress that refuses to stay up.
  • Color has seldom been more lushly or unmistakably used.
  • His studio is one of two elegant rectilinear buildings-the other is his house-in a large, walled, lushly gardened compound.
  • The walkways are lushly landscaped and dotted with quiet sitting areas, waterfalls, sculptures and outdoor pools.
  • The lushly forested hills are a great place to hike.
  • The hotel grounds and gardens are lushly planted, while an open-air lobby shepherds in the soft ocean breezes.
  • Some of the floors are hardwood while others are lushly carpeted.
  • The hotel grounds are lushly landscaped with tropical plants and flowers and offer two swimming pools.
  • Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and four acres of lushly landscaped gardens.
  • Resort amenities include a lushly landscaped outdoor heated swimming pool, sundeck and children's pool and private cabanas.
British Dictionary definitions for lushly

lush1

/lʌʃ/
adjective
1.
(of vegetation) abounding in lavish growth
2.
(esp of fruits) succulent and fleshy
3.
luxurious, elaborate, or opulent
Derived Forms
lushly, adverb
lushness, noun
Word Origin
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

lush2

/lʌʃ/
noun
1.
a heavy drinker, esp an alcoholic
2.
alcoholic drink
verb
3.
(US & Canadian) to drink (alcohol) to excess
Word Origin
C19: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for lushly

lush

adj.

mid-15c., "lax, flaccid, soft, tender," from Old French lasche "soft, succulent," from laschier "loosen," from Late Latin laxicare "become shaky," related to Latin laxare "loosen," from laxus "loose" (see lax). Sense of "luxuriant in growth" is first attested c.1600, in Shakespeare. Applied to colors since 1744. Related: Lushly; lushness.

n.

"drunkard," 1890, from earlier (1790) slang meaning "liquor" (especially in phrase lush ken "alehouse"); perhaps a humorous use of lush (adj.) or from Romany or Shelta (tinkers' jargon).

LUSHEY. Drunk. The rolling kiddeys had a spree, and got bloody lushey; the dashing lads went on a party of pleasure, and got very drunk. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]

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Slang definitions & phrases for lushly

lush

noun

A drunkard; an alcoholic; dipso: She is still plastered, the little lush/ The father was by no means a lush, but the son carried temperance to an extreme (1890+)

verb

: lushing, stowing wine into our faces

[origin unknown; probably related to lush, ''liquor, booze,'' which is found by 1790 and may be fr Romany or Sehlta (tinkers' jargon)]


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