- IPA: /lʌst/, IPA: /lʊst/
- Rhymes: -ʌst
- A feeling of strong desire, especially of a sexual nature .
- ( archaic ) A general want or longing not necessarily sexual or devious .
- ( archaic ) A delightful cause of joy, pleasure .
Old English lust ( “lust, pleasure, longing” ), from Proto-Germanic *lustuz. Akin to Old Saxon, Dutch lust, Old Frisian, Old High German, German Lust, & Swedish lust, Danish lyst & Icelandic lyst, Old Norse losti, Gothic lustus, and perhaps to Sanskrit lush "to desire", or to English loose. Confer list ( “to please” ), listless .
Explanation of lust by Wordnet Dictionary
- Lust n. [AS. lust, lust, pleasure, longing; akin to OS., D., G., & Sw. lust, Dan. & Icel. lyst, Goth lustus, and perh. tom Skr. lush to desire, or to E. loose. Cf. List to please, Listless.]
1. Pleasure. [Obs.] “ Lust and jollity.” Chaucer.
2. Inclination; desire. [Obs.]
For little lust had she to talk of aught. Spenser.
My lust to devotion is little. Bp. Hall.
3. Longing desire; eagerness to possess or enjoy; -- in a had sense; as, “the lust of gain”.
The lust of reigning. Milton.
4. Licentious craving; a strong sexual appetite. Milton.
5. Hence: Virility; vigor; active power. [Obs.] Bacon.
- Lust v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lusted; p. pr. & vb. n. Lusting.] [AS. lystan. See Lust, n., and cf. List to choose.]
1. To list; to like. [Obs.] Chaucer. “ Do so if thou lust. ” Latimer.
☞ In earlier usage lust was impersonal.
In the water vessel he it cast
When that him luste. Chaucer.
2. To have an eager, passionate, and especially an inordinate or sinful desire, as for the gratification of the sexual appetite or of covetousness; -- often with after.
Whatsoever thy soul lusteth after. Deut. xii. 15.
Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Matt. v. 28.
The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy. James iv. 5.
Definition of lust by GCIDE Dictionary