lush´ness

lush´ness
lush1 «luhsh», adjective.
1. tender and juicy; growing thick and green: »

Lush grass grows along the riverbank.

SYNONYM(S): succulent.
2. characterized by abundant growth; producing abundantly: »

As the year Grows lush in juicy stalks (Keats).

3. Figurative. luxurious; abundant: »

the lush life of a millionaire.

4. very rich; too ornamented; flowery; extravagant: »

lush description.

[Middle English lache, perhaps imitative variant of Old French lasche lax, soft, succulent (as young shoots) < lascher be careless < Vulgar Latin lascāre weaken < Latin laxāre < laxus lax]
lush´ly, adverb.
lush´ness, noun.
lush2 «luhsh», noun, verb. Slang.
–n.
2. a person who drinks too much: »

Daddy figured him for forty-forty-five and something of a lush maybe (Maclean's).

–v.t.
1. to supply with drink.
2. to drink: »

some of the richest sort you ever lushed (Dickens).

–v.i.
to drink liquor; drink.
[erhaps humorous use of lush1 in sense of “watery”]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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