Main definitions of lush in English

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lush1

adjective

  • 1(of vegetation, especially grass) growing luxuriantly.

    ‘lush greenery and cultivated fields’
    • ‘It's surrounded by mountains lush with greenery, bordered with wildflowers and dotted with water lilies.’
    • ‘From dazzling mountains and hillsides to lush, subtropical grounds, these hip-hotels offer the perfect respite for both young and old.’
    • ‘The sky above is clear and blue, the grasslands lush and green, but there is no birdsong, no buzz of insects, no sign of anything living but the ones walking with him.’
    • ‘Creatures and beings of every nature and species come to live in that lush and green country.’
    • ‘Kings Park itself is a city park in which lush cultivated landscapes blend with bushland.’
    • ‘But the grass was too lush to burn of its own accord.’
    • ‘Here you can go on a ride where you start from the sea, ride up to hill top lakes, and fly down rocky trails to lush green valleys.’
    • ‘Scorched sands and wood turned to lush green grass and darkly-stained timber.’
    • ‘The sky is gun metal, casting a surreal light on to lush green fields, the sea is calm before us and Arran looms up solid and beautiful across the Kilbrannan Sound.’
    • ‘These, coupled with the glossy green foliage which looks fresh and lush all year round, make them one of the most decorative species for situations with low light levels.’
    • ‘From the low angle I was lying at, I could see out the window, to lush green trees across the street.’
    • ‘I can see those flags flying in the breeze and that lush green of ball park grass, so much brighter than anything I could ever get in my own back yard.’
    • ‘Some of the filming was done in Scotland not far from where my cousins live and I can confirm that it really is that lush.’
    • ‘Most of the trees and grass, splintered and singed 10 years ago, have grown back to lush green.’
    • ‘It was strange to her how much the scenery had changed, from eerie and dismal to lush and dark.’
    • ‘The reflected lighting is seductive, the flowers lush, the service charming, the prices calming.’
    • ‘There are those advertisement hoardings all across the boundary line and it still is that lush green outfield.’
    • ‘The problem is that the water utility company uses lots of electricity to pump the water that's used to keep lawns lush and green all summer.’
    • ‘At the same time, they benefit from regular feedings with an organic fertilizer, which help keep the plants lush and healthy.’
    • ‘The forsaken lands had been her home for so long, she had forgotten how lush and green it was.’
    luxuriant, rich, abundant, superabundant, profuse, exuberant, riotous, prolific, teeming, flourishing, thriving, vigorous
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    1. 1.1 Very rich and providing great sensory pleasure.
      ‘lush orchestrations’
      • ‘Small digital prints with religious images, words and textual extracts rendered in lush textures and rich hues address a broad range of clearly spelt out themes.’
      • ‘The picture quality is superb, punctuated by the lush colors of the gang's neighborhood pub and the panache of their respective flats.’
      • ‘Her legs didn't feel like working and gave out on her; her lean body became sprawled on the lush carpet of her living room.’
      • ‘It is an even more satisfying record than its predecessor, eccentrically lush and rich production making the most of an already impressive clutch of new songs.’
      • ‘Salvador is filmed in rich colours - dark, lush reds, or deep and serious greens, or inky semi-blackness.’
      • ‘Anyway, my attention had been drawn to the paleness of our normally lush green carpet the other day and I realized, the fading was actually a layer of white cat hair and possibly dust.’
      • ‘As well as his vibrant use of colour, lush Bernstein score and emotive plot, Haynes has managed to bring together a quality set of actors.’
      • ‘With lush visuals and beautiful colours to savour, gamers were introduced to the two tiered system.’
      • ‘Architecture history buffs used to spend hours inexpertly photographing lush colour pictures from coffee table books.’
      • ‘The widescreen is essential for a film with so much rich landscape detail; and the colors are particularly lush and varied throughout.’
      • ‘The lush colour and floral background interact with the figure in homage to another individual who impressed Argaw with his concern for the natural environment.’
      • ‘Recent developments in recording processes had resulted in rock albums becoming more lush, with a rich, textured sound.’
      • ‘Whirling dancers keep going after Nyman's lush music stops or, in another section, they begin patterns before the score starts up again.’
      • ‘Many of the qualities like the extravagant detailing, lush colours and fine handwork are demonstrated in the exquisitely crafted shades of the era.’
      • ‘The first photograph is flush with lush colour, bluest skies and a verdant forest pathway.’
      • ‘With a throng of guests adding lush orchestration to most of the tracks, it is Campbell's understated wispy vocal that ties the tunes together.’
      • ‘This is a warm bath of lush colours and pretty voices with all the edge and darkness successfully buried for a middle-of-the-road film experience.’
      • ‘Colors are lush, rich, and warm while never appearing overly saturated.’
      • ‘But before their lush colours and cool cuts could really penetrate their way into your psyche, Jack The Rubber's collection exploded onto the catwalk.’
      • ‘A combination of lush colours and fine detail make for a memorable set of images.’
      • ‘The exhibition is a feast of eye candy, a lush banquet of colour, depth and intensity.’
      luxurious, luxury, deluxe, sumptuous, grand, palatial, opulent, lavish, elaborate, extravagant, fancy
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  • 2British informal Sexually attractive.

    • ‘An auburn-haired stunner with a body straight out of a dream, Nikki Nova's lush curves are a luscious dollop of endlessly enticing eye candy.’
    • ‘She's almost entirely in shadow, but he can see the lush curves of her naked body, the cascading waves of her hair.’
    • ‘This woman was all curves and surprises, and I immediately began imagining the secrets that lush body probably cradled.’
    • ‘He wanted her more than anything and the sight of her lush naked body made his passion rise for her immediately.’
    • ‘‘You are the most beautiful woman in the world,’ he said huskily as his eyes traveled up and down her lush body.’
    • ‘I'd had my suspicions when I'd seen the man looking over the girl's lush body from time to time during the day.’
    1. 2.1 Very good or impressive.
      ‘I had some really lush pressies’

Origin

Late Middle English: perhaps an alteration of obsolete lash ‘soft, lax’, from Old French lasche ‘lax’, by association with luscious.

Pronunciation

lush

/lʌʃ/

Main definitions of lush in English

: lush1lush2

lush2

noun

informal
  • A heavy drinker, especially a habitual one.

    ‘a lush who doesn't make very much sense most of the time’
    • ‘By now, the reader may have guessed that he's becoming a bit of a lush.’
    • ‘The man was dressed in a brown leather beaten trench coat and had a matching hat which was being tossed out at him by a gang of other ruthless lushes.’
    • ‘Attached to the desk of animation director Kim Jun-bok is a hand-drawn picture of a six pack of Duff Beer, the preferred brand of Springfield's ludicrous lushes.’
    • ‘The foremost of TV's new generation of female lushes, this millionairess drinks vodka Martinis for breakfast and will have a fifth in her veins by lunch.’
    • ‘He's a bitter lush who's caught drunk driving early in the film and almost sent to prison.’
    • ‘My first thought was that he was implying I was a lush.’
    • ‘How about jumping out on the lushes coming out of the pub?’
    • ‘Therefore they chose to treat us of-age lushes like caged animals and fenced us in a little corner in the back of the club by the washrooms.’
    • ‘My friends being lushes, they also drink when anyone makes jazz hands or says something particularly stupid, which of course necessitates frequent refills.’
    • ‘If you're one of the lushes requiring greater quantities of beer, go visit a distributorship.’
    • ‘He was portrayed in that movie as sort of being a man who was a lush.’
    • ‘Stuck in this miserable world with bloodsuckers and smelly lushes with guns?’
    • ‘But to me, it seems perfectly normal - as the age range of the boys and girls is actually between 18 and 50, and it seems that we're all terrible lushes.’
    • ‘For those who are bothered by movies in which main characters are lushes, it's worth noting that both Denny and Terry drink less the farther the film progresses.’
    • ‘Diet can alter how we taste, but unless you're a chain-smoking lush who eats nothing but red meat and garlic, it shouldn't be chronic.’
    • ‘Besides cleaning up barf, breaking up fights and propping up staggering patrons, owners and waiters can get sued if overly-lubricated lushes kill or injure someone on their drive home.’
    • ‘Little did they know, that some of the biggest lushes in the whole town were already inside, bawling away to ‘O come all ye faithful’.’
    • ‘Clenched and brooding, churning with both rage and self-loathing, his Tomas is one of the most realistic lushes ever to reach the screen.’
    • ‘It may simply be that you are the biggest lushes in the party, but the rule of villa holidays is: ‘Do not do anything that might incur the wrath of one or more of the women.’’
    • ‘Yes, Brigitte is a total lush; yes, Ryan is rude; yes, Charo is incoherent.’
    drunkard, drunk, inebriate, imbiber, tippler, sot, heavy drinker, hard drinker, serious drinker, problem drinker
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal, dated
  • Make (someone) drunk.

    ‘Mr Hobart got so lushed up he was spilling drinks down his shirt’
    • ‘Three shuttle buses will scuttle those too lushed to sashay thru the city on their way toward this exclusive after party.’
    • ‘Some lushed up stiff started a fight with me halfway through the night, so I did what any immortal would do… I broke a bottle over the bar and shoved it into my own belly.’
    • ‘Instead of spending the day lushing it up before their departure for Edinburgh, the Boks spent their last day in Marseilles hard at work.’
    • ‘He calls everybody ‘sham’ and he now refers to drinking as ‘lushing’.’

Origin

Late 18th century: perhaps a humorous use of lush.

Pronunciation

lush

/lʌʃ/