Drunkard vs Lush - What's the difference?

drunkard | lush |

As nouns the difference between drunkard and lush

is that drunkard is (somewhat derogatory ) a person who is habitually drunk while lush is (pejorative) drunkard, sot, alcoholic.

As a adjective lush is

(obsolete) lax; slack; limp; flexible.

As a verb lush is

to drink liquor to excess.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • A person who is habitually drunk.
  • Synonyms

    * alcoholic * dipsomaniac * pisshead * tosspot * See also


    * abstain * teetotaller * temperance * on the wagon * pioneer



    (wikipedia lush)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) . Related to (m). More at (l), (l).


  • (obsolete) Lax; slack; limp; flexible.
  • (dialectal) Mellow; soft; (of ground or soil) easily turned.
  • (of vegetation) Dense, teeming with life.
  • * 2006 , Stefani Jackenthal, New York Times
  • Some of the world’s best rain forest and volcanic hiking can be found within the lush canopied Caribbean trail systems. Chock-full of waterfalls and hot springs, bright-colored birds and howling monkeys, flora-lined trails cut through thick, fragrant forests and up cloud-covered mountains.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-01
  • , author=Nancy Langston , title=The Fraught History of a Watery World , volume=101, issue=1, page=59 , magazine= citation , passage=European adventurers found themselves within a watery world, a tapestry of streams, channels, wetlands, lakes and lush riparian meadows enriched by floodwaters from the Mississippi River.}}
  • (slang, of food) Luxuriant, delicious.
  • That meal was lush ! We have to go that restaurant again sometime!
  • (British, slang) Beautiful, sexy.
  • Boys with long hair are lush !
  • (British, Canada, slang) Amazing, cool, fantastic, wicked.
  • Your voice is lush , Lucy! I could listen to it all day!

    Etymology 2

    Perhaps a humorous use of the preceding word, or perhaps from (etyl) .An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English (ISBN 0486122867)


  • (pejorative) Drunkard, sot, alcoholic.
  • Intoxicating liquor.
  • Verb

  • To drink liquor to excess.
  • To drink (liquor) to excess.
  • Derived terms
    * lushing * lusher



    * (l)