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From Middle English *lavish, laves, lavage ‎(extravagant, wasteful), perhaps from Old French lavasse ‎(torrent of rain), or from Middle English laven ‎(to pour out). More at lave.


  • IPA(key): /ˈlævɪʃ/
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  • Rhymes: -ævɪʃ


lavish ‎(comparative lavisher or more lavish, superlative lavishest or most lavish)

  1. Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal.
    lavish of money;   lavish of praise
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      The day was cool and snappy for August, and the Rise all green with a lavish nature. Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: [] .
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, Part II, chapter4:
      Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. There was a great deal of them, lavish both in material and in workmanship.
  2. Superabundant; excessive; as, lavish spirits.


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lavish ‎(third-person singular simple present lavishes, present participle lavishing, simple past and past participle lavished)

  1. (transitive) To expend or bestow with profusion; to use with prodigality; to squander; as, to lavish money or praise.


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