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[am-er-uh s] /ˈæm ər əs/
inclined or disposed to love, especially sexual love:
an amorous disposition.
showing or expressing love:
an amorous letter.
of or relating to love:
amorous poetry.
being in love; enamored:
She smiled and at once he became amorous of her.
Origin of amorous
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin amōrōsus, equivalent to amor love + -ōsus -ose1, -ous
Related forms
amorously, adverb
amorousness, amorosity
[am-uh-ros-i-tee] /ˌæm əˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonamorous, adjective
nonamorously, adverb
nonamorousness, noun
unamorous, adjective
unamorously, adverb
unamorousness, noun
1. loving; amatory. 2. passionate, impassioned; fond, tender. 3. erotic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for amorous
  • The object of your affection should be loving and amorous this evening.
  • Fall is also moose rutting season and sightings of amorous groups are common.
  • We've long accepted that hormones can make you amorous, aggressive, or erratic.
  • Music does a pretty good job of expressing affection, amorous intention, and other feelings that can be screwed up by mere words.
  • The amorous couple was hauled before a magistrate, where they were given a 50-day suspended sentence and a stern warning.
  • Here three amorous turkey gobblers, oblivious of the camera, put on a feather-spreading dance for the eye of a lone hen.
  • It's amazing that the stumbling amorous efforts of a few old men do not keep her from marrying one of them.
  • It was not the first time that the Prince had felt his brother's royal wrath over his amorous enterprises.
  • His amorous pursuits made his reputation for the next 200 years, and the name ''Casanova'' became synonymous with a male neurosis.
  • Much of that magic relies on seriously amorous eye contact between the lovers.
British Dictionary definitions for amorous


inclined towards or displaying love or desire
in love
of or relating to love
Derived Forms
amorously, adverb
amorousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin amōrōsus, from Latin amor love
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Word Origin and History for amorous

c.1300, from Old French amorous (Modern French amoureux), from Late Latin amorosum, from amor "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). Related: Amorously; amorousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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