1. expended, bestowed, or occurring in profusion: lavish spending.
  2. using or giving in great amounts; prodigal (often followed by of): lavish of his time; lavish of affection.

verb (used with object)

  1. to expend or give in great amounts or without limit: to lavish gifts on a person.


  1. prolific, abundant, or profuse
  2. generous; unstinting; liberal
  3. extravagant; prodigal; wastefullavish expenditure


  1. (tr) to give, expend, or apply abundantly, generously, or in profusion

v.1540s, from lavish (adj.). Related: Lavished; lavishing. adj.mid-15c., from Middle French lavasse (n.) “torrent of rain, deluge,” from Old French lavache, from laver “to wash,” from Latin lavare “to wash” (see lave). Related: Lavishly.

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