Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Sweet and pleasant to taste or smell: a luscious melon. See Synonyms at delicious.
  • adj. Having strong sensual or sexual appeal; seductive.
  • adj. Richly appealing to the senses or the mind: a luscious, vivid description.
  • adj. Archaic Excessively sweet; cloying.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. sweet and pleasant; delicious
  • adj. sexually appealing; seductive
  • adj. obscene

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sweet; delicious; very grateful to the taste; toothsome; excessively sweet or rich.
  • adj. Cloying; fulsome.
  • adj. Gratifying a depraved sense; obscene.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Very sweet, succulent, or savory; delicious; very pleasant to taste; hence, extremely pleasing to any of the senses or to the mind; enticingly delightful.
  • Sweet or rich so as to cloy or nauseate; sweet to excess; hence, unctuous; fulsome.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
  • adj. having strong sexual appeal

Etymologies

Middle English lucius, alteration of licious, perhaps short for delicious, delicious; see delicious.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From earlier lushious, lussyouse ("luscious, richly sweet, delicious"), a corruption of *lustious, from lusty (“pleasant, delicious”) +‎ -ous. Shakespeare uses both lush (short for lushious) and lusty in the selfsame sense: 'How lush and lusty the grass looks'. —Temp. ii. I.52. See also lush, lusty. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Splendid materials -- materials that the hand of an artist would make luscious -- egad, sir; _luscious_ -- utterly ruined in the handling.

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  • When we moved in luscious purple grapes hung from them ... last yr not such luck.

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  • Out mid-October: a biopic on Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division, shot in luscious black and white by renowned photographer and music video director Anton Corbijn.

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  • I feel a little bit like a commercial using the word luscious, but this cup of custardy tofu, dressed with a thin layer of light soy sauce really was luscious.

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  • Bock beer is of a darker colour than the common lager, and possesses a certain luscious flavour, being spiced with an infusion of coriander or some such aromatic seed.

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  • My seven-year-old daughter, who'd only consented to make this Swedish journey when told she'd be sleeping in a real farmhouse, pronounced her peanut butter and jelly sandwich "luscious" -- an adjective she usually reserves for things like pink and green breakfast cereals.

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  • The Sichuan Wonton with Red Oil was once again luscious perfection (the sauce is too good to waste and so I add a few forkfuls of their (somehow) delicately seasoned plain white rice to soak up the sauce when done.

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  • But on his end, the marriage plummets quickly from him preening about landing someone another character calls "luscious" to displays of intense, irrational jealousy.

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  • However pleasant it may be to the palate while we are feeding on it, it is sure to leave a bitter relish behind it; and so far, indeed, it may be called a luscious morsel, that the most greedy appetites are soon glutted, and the most eager longing for it is soon turned into loathing and repentance.

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  • Large and luscious, that is, if you pluck some of those fruits now, before they get much bigger.

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  • I absolutely despise this word. If there is any word that evokes a response more far (further?) removed from its definition than this word, I have yet to find it!

    September 17, 2009