Meaning of lavish


Lavish means “generous and extravagant” as an adjective and “to give generously” as a verb. If you don’t like it when people lavish you with attention, you might appreciate a lavish spread of excellent food instead.

Lavish comes from the Old French lavache meaning “deluge, torrent,” referring to rain. When you see it, think of a shower of good things coming down on you as you never use lavish with something bad. Didn’t your parents lavish you with praise and love when you were small? With lavish as an adjective, you can rephrase that question like this: Didn’t your parents offer you lavish praise and love when you were little?

Definitions of lavish
  1. adjective

    very generous

    “distributed gifts with a
    lavish hand”
    “the critics were
    lavish in their praise”

    munificent, overgenerous, too-generous, unsparing, unstinted, unstinting


    willing to give and share unstintingly
  2. adjective

    characterized by extravagance and profusion

    lavish buffet”

    extravagant, lucullan, lush, plush, plushy


    suggestive of or characterized by great expense
  3. verb

    expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns



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    type of:

    consume, squander, ware, waste

    spend extravagantly

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