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amorous

[am-er-uh s] /ˈæm ər əs/
adjective
1.
inclined or disposed to love, especially sexual love:
an amorous disposition.
2.
showing or expressing love:
an amorous letter.
3.
of or relating to love:
amorous poetry.
4.
being in love; enamored:
She smiled and at once he became amorous of her.
Origin
1275-1325
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),
noun
nonamorous, adjective
nonamorously, adverb
nonamorousness, noun
unamorous, adjective
unamorously, adverb
unamorousness, noun
Synonyms
1. loving; amatory. 2. passionate, impassioned; fond, tender. 3. erotic.
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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

amorous

/ˈæmərəs/
adjective
1.
inclined towards or displaying love or desire
2.
in love
3.
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
adj.

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.

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