Word of the Day: lush

 
 
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Word of the Day
 
March 11, 2016
 
lush (adjective, noun)
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Lush vegetation
 
Lush is an adjective that, when used to talk about plants or vegetation, means 'growing in abundance.' It also means 'luxurious' or 'rich,' and in British English slang it is often used as an interjection meaning 'excellent,' 'cool,' or 'very impressive.' In reference to people, it can mean 'desirable' or 'very attractive.' As a noun and in informal conversation, a lush is someone who drinks alcohol a lot on a regular basis.

 

Example sentences

 

The forests of Brazil are full of lush vegetation.
Geraldine lived in a lush apartment, full of every luxury item you could think of.
I like your new car; it's lush!
Neil hated visiting his neighbor, as the man was a lush and his house was littered with empty bottles.

 

Did you know?
 
The British slang meaning of lush as 'cool' or 'desirable' first became very popular in the 1960s, especially among schoolchildren, but it fell out of fashion before being revived in the 1980s. It then fell out of fashion again, before seeing a resurgence around the turn of the 21st century, especially in southern England.
 
Other forms
 
lushly (adverb), lushness (noun)
 
Origin
 
Lush dates back to the first half of the 15th century and comes from the late Middle English word lusch, meaning 'slack'; it is akin to the Old English words lysu, meaning 'bad,' and lēas, meaning 'lax,' the Middle Low German word lasch, meaning 'slack,' the Old Norse word lǫskr, meaning 'weak,' and the Gothic word lasiws, meaning 'weak.'
 
 
 
 
 
Lush in other languages
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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