LAV'ISH, a. [I know not from what source we have received this word. It coincides in elements with L. liber, free, liberal, and lavo, to wash.]1. Prodigal; expending or bestowing with profusion; profuse. He was lavish of expense; lavish of praise; lavish of encomiums; lavish of censure; lavish of blood and treasure.2. Wasteful; expending without necessity; liberal to a fault.3. Wild; unrestrained.Curbing his lavish spirit.
LAV'ISH, v.t.1. To expend or bestow with profusion; as, to lavish praise or encomiums.2. To waste; to expend without necessity or use; to squander; as, to lavish money on vices and amusements.