- The definition of lavish is very generous or abundant.
An example of lavish is a party that has an excess of food and drink.
Tables set for a lavish party.
- very generous or liberal in giving or spending, often extravagantly so; prodigal
- more than enough; very abundant: lavish entertainment
Origin of lavish; from Middle English lavas, abundance ; from Middle French ; from Old French lavasse, torrent of rain, probably ; from laver, to wash: see lave
- Characterized by or produced with extravagance and profusion: a lavish buffet. See Synonyms at profuse.
- Immoderate in giving or bestowing; unstinting: The critics were lavish with their praise.
transitive verblav·ished, lav·ish·ing, lav·ish·es
- To give or bestow in abundance; shower: lavished attention on his customers.
- To give something in abundance to: “The aides began lavishing him with kindnesses” (Kay Marie Porterfield).
Origin of lavishMiddle English laves, probably from Old French lavasse, downpour, from laver, to wash, from Latin lavāre; see lave.
(comparative more lavish, superlative most lavish)
(third-person singular simple present lavishes, present participle lavishing, simple past and past participle lavished)