- Lust is defined as a strong desire for something or someone.
- An example of lust is the feeling a guy feels when he looks at an extremely attractive supermodel.
- An example of lust is a strong desire for a sleek new car.
- Lust means feeling a strong desire for someone or something, especially of a sexual nature.
- An example of lust is what you might feel when you see a really attractive person of the opposite sex.
- An example of lust is when you feel a very strong desire to buy a sleek new car.
- a desire to gratify the senses; bodily appetite
- sexual desire
- excessive sexual desire, esp. as seeking unrestrained gratification
- overmastering desire: a lust for power
- intense enthusiasm; zest
Origin of lustMiddle English from OE, pleasure, delight, appetite, akin to German lust, pleasure from Indo-European base an unverified form las-, to be eager from source Classical Latin lascivus, wanton, larva, specter, ghost: sexual senses in eastern; English chiefly from rendering Vulgate concupiscentia carnis (1 John 2:16) as “lusts of the flesh”
- Intense sexual desire.
- a. An overwhelming desire or craving: a lust for power.b. Intense eagerness or enthusiasm: a lust for life.
- Obsolete Pleasure; relish.
intransitive verblust·ed, lust·ing, lusts
Origin of lustMiddle English from Old English desire ; see las- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural lusts)
(third-person singular simple present lusts, present participle lusting, simple past and past participle lusted)
Old English lust (“lust, pleasure, longing"), from Proto-Germanic *lustuz. Akin to Old Saxon, Dutch lust, Old Frisian, Old High German, German Lust, & Swedish lust, Danish lyst & Icelandic lyst, Old Norse losti, Gothic lustus, and perhaps to Sanskrit lush "to desire" and Albanian lushÃ« (“bitch, savage dog, promiscuous woman"), or to English loose. Confer list (“to please"), listless.