from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by or produced with extravagance and profusion: a lavish buffet. See Synonyms at profuse.
- adj. Immoderate in giving or bestowing; unstinting: The critics were lavish with their praise.
- transitive v. To give or bestow in abundance; shower: lavished attention on his customers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal; as, lavish of money; lavish of praise.
- adj. Superabundant; excessive; as, lavish spirits.
- v. To expend or bestow with profusion; to use with prodigality; to squander; as, to lavish money or praise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal
- adj. Superabundant; excessive.
- transitive v. To expend or bestow with profusion; to use with prodigality; to squander.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Expending or bestowing with profusion; profuse; prodigal: as, to be lavish of expense, of praise, or of blood.
- Unrestrained; wild.
- Expended or bestowed with prodigality or in profuseness; existing in or characterized by profusion; superabundant.
- Rank, as grass, etc.
- Synonyms and Profuse, etc. See extravagant.
- To expend or bestow with profusion; give or layout prodigally: as, to lavish encomiums on a person; to lavish money on a friend, or for gratification.
- n. Waste; squandering.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns
- adj. very generous
- adj. characterized by extravagance and profusion
Middle English laves, probably from Old French lavasse, downpour, from laver, to wash, from Latin lavāre; see lave.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English *lavish (adjective), equivalent to lave (“to pour out”) + -ish. More at lave, -ish. (Wiktionary)