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Middle English , laves , lavas lavage ( “ extravagant, wasteful, prodigal ” ), from lavas ( “ excessive abundance ” ), from Old French , lavasse lavache ( “ torrent of rain ” ); possibly later conflated in some senses by Middle English laven ( “ to pour out ” ), equivalent to + lave . Compare -ish Scots , lawage , lavisch lavish ( “ unrestrained, excessively prodigal, extravagant ” ). Compare also English lavy ( “ lavish, liberal ” ).
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lavish ( comparative lavisher or , more lavish superlative lavishest or )
Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal.
lavish of money; lavish of praise
1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter VIII, in , New York, N.Y.: The Celebrity: An Episode The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., : OCLC 222716698 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, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, : →ISBN Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. There was a great deal of them, lavish both in material and in workmanship.
lavish spirits lavish meal c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “ Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies ( [ … ] First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act II, scene ii]: OCLC 606515358 Let her haue needfull, but not lauish meanes ( obsolete ) Unrestrained, impetuous.
c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], , part 1, 2nd edition, London: Tamburlaine the Great. [ … ] The First Part [ … ] [ … ] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, [ … ] , published 1592, ; reprinted as OCLC 932920499 Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, , →ISBN Act III, scene iii: Thou wilt repent theſe lauiſh words of thine
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շռայլ (hy) ( šṙayl ) Bulgarian:
обилен (bg) ( obilen ) Finnish:
, tuhlaavainen avokätinen (fi) Galician:
xeneroso m German:
freigiebig , (de) verschwenderisch (de) Greek:
άφθονος (el) m ( áfthonos ), αφειδής (el) m ( afeidís ) Hungarian:
pazar , (hu) pazarló , (hu) bőséges , (hu) dús , (hu) ( of vegetation ) buja (hu) Irish:
, scaoilteach , flaithiúil flaithiúlach Italian: prodigo , (it) profuso , (it) generoso (it)
lavish ( third-person singular simple present , lavishes present participle , lavishing simple past and past participle )
( transitive ) To give out extremely generously; to squander.
They lavished money on the dinner. ( transitive ) To give out to (somebody) extremely generously.
They lavished him with praise.
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to expend or bestow with profusion; to squander
to give out to (somebody) extremely generously
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lavish ( )
( obsolete ) Excessive abundance or expenditure, profusion, prodigality.
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