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luscious

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Pronunciation: /ˈlʌʃəs
 
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Definition of luscious in English:

adjective

1(Of food or drink) having a pleasingly rich, sweet taste: a luscious and fragrant dessert wine
More example sentences
  • Huge chocolate bars, fizzy drinks, luscious cakes and tempting sweets are in every shop.
  • I blew out the candles on my twelfth birthday cake, indulging in the luscious chocolate taste.
  • Now I am guessing that a sweeter Meyer lemon would make really sweet and luscious lemon tartelettes.
Synonyms
North American informal nummy
literary ambrosial
rare ambrosian, nectareous, nectarean
1.1Appealing strongly to the senses; pleasingly rich: the luscious brush strokes and warm colours of these late masterpieces
More example sentences
  • Oil paint can be thinned to a watery consistency or brushed on with thick luscious strokes.
  • Pottery and dyes are rich, luscious and seductive, marks of decadence and luxury.
  • The four luscious colours and little brush ensure it's a winner.
1.2(Of a woman) very sexually attractive: he’ll fall for a luscious Spanish girl who can match him in passion
More example sentences
  • She was luscious, there was no other way to put it.
  • Here, we present 16 luscious females, each of whom has a tenuous link to football and ask: just who has the hottest totty?
  • And I never told anyone, bar those luscious ladies, of it until now.
Synonyms
sexy, sexually attractive, nubile, ravishing, gorgeous, desirable, alluring, sultry, sensuous, beautiful, stunning, attractive;
informal beddable, fanciable, hot, curvy
North American informal foxy, cute, bootylicious
Australian/New Zealand informal spunky

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps an alteration of obsolete licious, shortened form of delicious.

Derivatives

lusciously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • But if you smell fried chicken and doughnuts when you're walking down the street and hungry, you're going to want something lusciously fatty.
  • The roasted red and yellow peppers, zucchini, eggplant and asparagus were just so, and the heady porcini mushroom risotto underlying it all was lusciously creamy.
  • I did have a problem getting the cheeses really emulsified, and instead of lusciously coating my pasta, they clumped up a bit.

lusciousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • ‘This one,’ I said, picking up the largest round sable brush in the box and running its lovely, sexy, begging-for-water lusciousness over my fingers.
  • Although it was a film made with great care and had a visual lusciousness and style all its own, I have to confess that because things did move quite slowly, I went to sleep.
  • The lusciousness of solitude is a pleasure I subscribe to.

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