Lush vs Succulent - What's the difference?

lush | succulent |

As adjectives the difference between lush and succulent

is that lush is (obsolete) lax; slack; limp; flexible while succulent is juicy or lush.

As nouns the difference between lush and succulent

is that lush is (pejorative) drunkard, sot, alcoholic while succulent is a succulent plant (such as cactus).

As a verb lush

is to drink liquor to excess.



(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)




    (en adjective)
  • juicy or lush
  • interesting or delectable
  • (botany) having fleshy leaves or other tissues that store water
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • a succulent plant (such as cactus)