What does lavish mean?

Definitions for lavish
ˈlæv ɪʃlav·ish

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word lavish.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lavish, munificent, overgenerous, too-generous, unsparing, unstinted, unstintingadjective

    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, plushyverb

    characterized by extravagance and profusion

    "a lavish buffet"; "a lucullan feast"

  3. lavish, showerverb

    expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns

    "He was showered with praise"


  1. lavishverb

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

  2. lavishadjective

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

  3. lavishadjective

    Superabundant; excessive; as, lavish spirits.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LAVISHadjective

    His jolly brother, opposite in sense,
    Laughs at his thrift; and lavish of expence,
    Quaffs, crams, and guttles, in his own defence. Dryd.

    The dame has been too lavish of her feast,
    And fed him till he loaths. Nicholas Rowe, Jane Shore.

    Bellona’s bridegroom, lapt in proof,
    Confronted him,
    Curbing his lavish spirit. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

  2. To Lavishverb

    To scatter with profusion.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Should we thus lead them to a field of slaughter;
    Might not th’ impartial world with reason say,
    We lavish’d at our deaths the blood of thousands. Addis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lavishadjective

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

  2. Lavishadjective

    superabundant; excessive; as, lavish spirits

  3. Lavishverb

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lavish

    lav′ish, v.t. to expend profusely: to waste.—adj. bestowing profusely: prodigal: extravagant: unrestrained.—adv. Lav′ishly.—ns. Lav′ishment, Lav′ishness. [From Lave (3).]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lavish is ranked #111426 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lavish surname appeared 158 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Lavish.

    94.9% or 150 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lavish in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lavish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of lavish in a Sentence

  1. Jesse Watters:

    I think they figuredout how to make a quick buck, say‘Black Lives Matter ’ and then just buy abunch of lavish properties, it’s unbelievable they aregetting away with it right inplain sight.We wo n’t let them.

  2. Saudi Arabia.And Corker:

    It took our nation to a very low level -- moral standing wise, in essence what the President was saying is if you lavish praise on me and spend a lot of money with our country, we will turn our head as it relates to you killing journalists and doing other things.

  3. Lawton Chiles:

    We have entered the era of the 'imperial' former presidency with lavish libraries, special staffs and benefits, around-the-clock Secret Service protection for life and other badges of privilege.

  4. John Chambers:

    Given the economic downturn, we didn't want to throw a lavish party this year, i think people were expecting something more subdued in this environment, so we thought it was more effective to donate instead.

  5. Nancy Grace:

    Famous political figures, wealthy people? … This would be the time for her to start naming names. I mean, after the life she's lived in complete and lavish luxury, three hots and a cot – that doesn't look too good for her.

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    worthy of reliance or trust
    • A. dependable
    • B. occasional
    • C. suspicious
    • D. blistering

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