Where Did the Term “Lush” For an Alcoholic Come From and What Does the Word Mean?

In eighteenth-century London there was an actors’ drinking club called The City of Lushington.

The club may have taken its name from Dr. Thomas Lushington, a prominent drinker from the seventeenth century whose descendants became brewers of fine ale.

Lush, the abbreviation of Lushington, became a common slang reference for beer in early England.

where did the term lush for an alcoholic come from and what does the word mean

It later crossed the ocean, where in America the term lush became a reference to a heavy drinker.

Someone with a drinking problem is often called a “lush”.

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