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.


  1. lavish

    Lavish refers to being extremely generous or extravagant, often in excess. It can be used to describe actions, objects, or lifestyles characterized by richness, luxury, or abundance.

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. Janvier Chouteu-Chando:

    Nothing crushes the soul of a father more than the loss of the beloved son he failed to lavish his love on.”

  2. Melisse Gelula:

    Fitness retreat used to mean go away and lose weight, now it's just working fitness into a schedule that might also include lavish dinners, beach time, cocktail hours, nights out dancing.

  3. Clifford Villalon:

    A humble life is not so impressive as compared to a more lavish life. But there is serenity in the simplicity of living.

  4. Chief Executive Heinrich Hiesinger:

    There will be no lavish advertising campaign.

  5. Lee Sung-hee:

    Weddings turned into lavish affairs because South Koreans were packing traditions from here and the West into one.

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