Green’s Dictionary of Slang

lush n.1

also lusho
[? Ger. Loschen, strong beer, Shelta lush, to eat and drink]

1. [late 17C+] alcohol, esp. beer; also attrib.

2. [mid–late 19C] a drink.

3. [mid-19C+] (also Mr Lush) a drunkard.

4. [mid-19C+] a drinking spree.

5. [mid-19C] drunkenness, inebriation.

6. [1940s–60s] (US) in fig. use of sense 3, a victim or fool.

7. [2000s] in fig. use, an addict.

8. see lush roll

In derivatives

In compounds

lush betty (n.) [betty n. (2)]

[mid-19C] (US) a whisky bottle.

lush blowen (n.) [blowen n. (1)]

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a drunken woman.

lushbum (n.) [bum n.3 (1)]

[1940s] (US) an alcoholic tramp.

lush crib (n.) (also lushing crib) [crib n.1 (6)]

[19C] a saloon, public house or bar.

lush drum (n.) [drum n.3 (3)]

[mid–late 19C] (UK Und./US) a saloon or bar.

lush foundry (n.)

[1900s] (Aus.) a public house.

lush hound (n.) [-hound sfx]

[1930s–50s] a drunkard.

lush-house (n.)

[early 19C–1920s] a bar or saloon.

lush-jerker (n.)

[1900s] (Aus.) a bartender.

lush ken (n.) (also lushing ken, lushy ken) [ken n.1 (1)]

[late 18C–1920s] (UK/US Und.) an alehouse, saloon or bar.

lush kick (n.) [kick n.5 (1)]

[1950s] (US) a sense of drunkenness; the positive effect of alcohol.

lush lover (n.)

[1930s] (US black) a heavy drinker.

lush maker (n.) [make v. (1a)]

[1910s] (US tramp) a pickpocket.

lush merchant (n.) [merchant n.]

1. [1900s] (Aus.) a seller of alcohol; a publican.

2. [late 19C+] (Aus.) a drunkard.

lush-out (n.)

[early 19C–1900s] a drinking bout.

lushpad (n.) [pad n.2 (2)]

[1940s] (US black/Harlem) a bar.

lush roll (v.) (also lush, lush dip, roll a lush) [roll v. (3a) ]

[1910s–80s] (orig. US) to rob a drunk; thus lushrolling n.

lush roller (n.)

[1910s–60s] (US) one who specializes in robbing sleeping or passed-out drunks, esp. in subways.

lush stash (n.) [stash n.1 (5)]

[1900s–40s] (US black) a bar, a tavern.

lush-toucher (n.)

[1900s–40s] (US) a person who robs a drunk.

lush trap (n.)

[early 19C] (Irish) the mouth.

lush trotter (n.)

[19C] (orig. US) a boy or girl who is sent to the saloon to bring back beer either for their parents or for working men who cannot leave their jobs.

lush wallower (n.)

[late 19C] (Aus.) a heavy drinker.

lushwell (n.)

[1960s+] (US) a heavy drinker.

lush worker (n.) (also lush diver, ...grafter, lusher) [ + worker n.1 (1)/diver n. (3)/grafter n.1 (1)]

1. [1900s] (US) in fig. use, one who drinks heavily and/or associates with drunks; thus lush-working n. and adj.

2. [1910s+] (US) one who specializes in robbing sleeping or passed-out drunks, esp. in subways; thus lush-graft n., such robbery.