Definitions for lavishˈlæv ɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lav•ish*ˈlæv ɪʃ(adj.)

  1. expended, bestowed, or occurring in abundance:

    a lavish serving of food.

  2. using or giving in great amounts; prodigal:

    to be lavish with one's time or money; to be lavish of affection.

  3. (v.t.)to expend or give in great amounts or without limit:

    to lavish gifts on a person.

* Syn: lavish , prodigal , profuse refer to that which exists in abundance and is poured out in great amounts. lavish suggests an unlimited, sometimes excessive generosity and openhandedness: lavish hospitality. prodigal suggests wastefulness, improvidence, and reckless impatience: He has lost his inheritance because of his prodigal ways. profuse emphasizes abundance, but may suggest exaggeration: profuse thanks; profuse apologies.

Origin of lavish:

1425–75; late ME lavas profusion (n.), profuse (adj.) < MF lavasse downpour of rain, der. of laver to wash < L lavāre

lav′ish•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lavish, munificent, overgenerous, too-generous, unsparing, unstinted, unstinting(adj)

    very generous

    "distributed gifts with a lavish hand"; "the critics were lavish in their praise"; "a munificent gift"; "his father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificent"; "prodigal praise"; "unsparing generosity"; "his unstinted devotion"; "called for unstinting aid to Britain"

  2. lavish, lucullan, lush, plush, plushy(verb)

    characterized by extravagance and profusion

    "a lavish buffet"; "a lucullan feast"

  3. lavish, shower(verb)

    expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns

    "He was showered with praise"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. lavish(adjective)ˈævɪʃ

    made with or using many items of high quality; = extravagant, luxurious

    lavish set decorations; a lavish party

  2. lavishˈævɪʃ

    generous

    lavish praise; lavishly dressed women; spending money lavishly

Wiktionary

  1. lavish(Verb)

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

  2. lavish(Adjective)

    Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal; as, lavish of money; lavish of praise.

  3. lavish(Adjective)

    Superabundant; excessive; as, lavish spirits.

  4. Origin: From *, equivalent to . More at lave, -ish.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lavish(adj)

    expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal; as, lavish of money; lavish of praise

  2. Lavish(adj)

    superabundant; excessive; as, lavish spirits

  3. Lavish(verb)

    to expend or bestow with profusion; to use with prodigality; to squander; as, to lavish money or praise


Translations for lavish

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

lavish(adjective)

(of a person) spending or giving generously and sometimes too freely

a lavish host; You have certainly been lavish with the brandy in this cake.

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