Notes: I’m not sure about using this word. It is also spelled “motzer” and “motsa”
The word lust-house is
- a country house or a summer house
- a tavern with a beer garden
This word came into English in the late 1500s
Background / Comments
I would have never guessed “summerhouse” as a meaning for this word – what about you? The word comes from the Dutch word lusthuis (country house), which came from the German word lusthaus (summer house), from lust (pleasure) and haus (house). The word lust is so frequently used to refer to something bad that we forget it can mean “enthusiasm, zest, or relish” (as in “lust for life”).