Lavish
Lavish Lav"ish (l[a^]v"[i^]sh), a. [Akin to E. lave to lade out; cf. AS. gelafian to refresh, G. laben.] 1. Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal; as, lavish of money; lavish of praise. [1913 Webster]

2. Superabundant; excessive; as, lavish spirits. [1913 Webster]

Let her have needful, but not lavish, means. --Shak.

Syn: Profuse; prodigal; wasteful; extravagant; exuberant; immoderate. See {Profuse}. [1913 Webster]


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  • lavish — [lav′ish] adj. [< ME lavas, abundance < MFr < OFr lavasse, torrent of rain, prob. < laver, to wash: see LAVE1] 1. very generous or liberal in giving or spending, often extravagantly so; prodigal 2. more than enough; very abundant… …   English World dictionary

  • Lavish — Lav ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lavished} ( [i^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lavishing}.] To expend or bestow with profusion; to use with prodigality; to squander; as, to lavish money or praise. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lavish — [adj] profuse; splendid abundant, bountiful, copious, effusive, exaggerated, excessive, extravagant, exuberant, first class, free, generous, gorgeous, grand, immoderate, impressive, improvident, inordinate, intemperate, liberal, lush, luxuriant,… …   New thesaurus

  • lavish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious. 2) giving or given in profusion. ► VERB (usu. lavish on) ▪ give or spend in abundant or extravagant quantities. DERIVATIVES lavishly adverb lavishness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • lavish — I (opulent) adjective abounding, abundant, affluent, ample, bounteous, bountiful, copious, costly, effusive, excess, extravagant, generous, immoderate, inordinate, liberal, luxuriant, munificent, open handed, opulent, overabundant, overflowing,… …   Law dictionary

  • lavish — *profuse, prodigal, luxuriant, lush, exuberant Analogous words: *liberal, bountiful, bounteous, openhanded, generous, munificent, handsome: sumptuous, opulent, luxurious: *excessive, inordinate, extravagant Antonyms: sparing Contrasted words:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • lavish — 01. Her family is quite rich, so she was able to have a [lavish] wedding, followed by a huge reception. 02. The ballet company is putting on a [lavish] production of Swan Lake to celebrate its tenth anniversary. 03. We won a weekend in the… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • lavish — lav|ish1 [ˈlævıʃ] adj [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: lavish too great quantity (15 16 centuries), from Old French lavasse heavy rain , from laver to wash ] 1.) large, impressive, or expensive ▪ a royal palace on a lavish scale ▪ a lavish lifestyle ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lavish — [[t]læ̱vɪʃ[/t]] lavishes, lavishing, lavished 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe something as lavish, you mean that it is very elaborate and impressive and a lot of money has been spent on it. ...a lavish party to celebrate Bryan s fiftieth birthday …   English dictionary

  • lavish — I adj. lavish in, with (lavish with praise; lavish in donating money to charity) II v. (d; tr.) to lavish on (to lavish gifts on smb.) * * * [ lævɪʃ] with (lavish with praise; lavish in donating money to charity) lavishin (d; tr.) to lavish on… …   Combinatory dictionary

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