From Middle English *lavish, laves, *lavaus, lavage (“extravagant, wasteful”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Old French lavasse (“torrent of rain”), or derived from Middle English laven (“to pour out”). See lave.
- Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal.
- lavish of money; lavish of praise
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
- The day was cool and snappy for August, and the Rise all green with a lavish nature. Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: […] .
- Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. There was a great deal of them, lavish both in material and in workmanship.
- Superabundant; excessive
- lavish spirits
- lavish meal
- (expending profusely): profuse, prodigal, wasteful, extravagant, exuberant, immoderate
- See also Thesaurus:prodigal
- (transitive) To give out extremely generously; to squander.
- They lavished money on the dinner.
- (transitive) To give out to (somebody) extremely generously.
- They lavished him with praise.
to expend or bestow with profusion; to squander
to give out to (somebody) extremely generously