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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lusch (slack, relaxed, limp, loose), from Old English *lysc, *lesc (slack; limp), from Proto-Germanic *laskwaz, *lasiwaz (weak, false, feeble), from Proto-Indo-European *lēy- (to let; leave behind). Akin to Old English lysu, lesu (false, evil, base), Middle Low German lasch (slack), Middle High German erleswen (to become weak), Old Norse lǫskr (weak, feeble), Gothic 𐌻𐌰𐍃𐌹𐍅𐍃 (lasiws, weak, feeble), Middle Low German las, lasich (slack, languid, idle), Low German lusch (loose). Related to lusk. More at lishey, lazy.


lush (comparative lusher, superlative lushest)

  1. (obsolete) Lax; slack; limp; flexible.
  2. (dialectal) Mellow; soft; (of ground or soil) easily turned.
  3. (of vegetation) Dense, teeming with life.
    • 2006, Stefani Jackenthal, New York Times
      Some of the world’s best rain forest and volcanic hiking can be found within the lush canopied Caribbean trail systems. Chock-full of waterfalls and hot springs, bright-colored birds and howling monkeys, flora-lined trails cut through thick, fragrant forests and up cloud-covered mountains.
    • 2013 January 1, Nancy Langston, “The Fraught History of a Watery World”, in American Scientist[1], volume 101, number 1, page 59:
      European adventurers found themselves within a watery world, a tapestry of streams, channels, wetlands, lakes and lush riparian meadows enriched by floodwaters from the Mississippi River.
  4. (slang, of food) Luxuriant, delicious.
    That meal was lush! We have to go that restaurant again sometime!
  5. (Britain, slang) Beautiful, sexy.
    Boys with long hair are lush!
  6. (Britain, Canada, slang) Amazing, cool, fantastic, wicked.
    Your voice is lush, Lucy! I could listen to it all day!
  7. (Hawaii, Pidgin, slang) a person that enjoys talking about themselves
    "Am I humble or am I a lush?"
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Etymology 2[edit]

Perhaps a humorous use of the preceding word, or perhaps from Shelta lush (food and drink).[1]


lush (plural lushes)

  1. (slang, pejorative) Drunkard, sot, alcoholic.
  2. (slang) Intoxicating liquor.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of C. Lever to this entry?)


lush (third-person singular simple present lushes, present participle lushing, simple past and past participle lushed)

  1. (intransitive) To drink liquor to excess.
  2. (transitive) To drink (liquor) to excess.
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  1. ^ An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English ISBN 0486122867