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[luhv-lee] /ˈlʌv li/
adjective, lovelier, loveliest.
charmingly or exquisitely beautiful:
a lovely flower.
having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye, as a person or a face.
delightful; highly pleasing:
to have a lovely time.
of a great moral or spiritual beauty:
a lovely character.
noun, plural lovelies.
Informal. a beautiful woman, especially a show girl.
any person or thing that is pleasing, highly satisfying, or the like:
Every car in the new line is a lovely.
Nonstandard. very well; splendidly.
Origin of lovely
before 900; Middle English luvelich, Old English luflīc amiable. See love, -ly
Related forms
lovelily, adverb
loveliness, noun
1, 2. See beautiful. Unabridged
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  • How can a woman be lovelier than when most womanly, or more precious than when she reflects her own weakness in clarity of soul?

    Demos George Gissing
  • Watching her approach, he thought he had never seen her lovelier.

    Moor Fires E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  • Glendoveers and Sylphs, pardon me if I question whether those visions are not lovelier than yourselves.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Rosalind is lovelier than ever, Lady Darcy, if that is possible!

    About Peggy Saville Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • Grace is lovelier than ever, and blissfully happy in the husband she adores, and two lovely children.

  • You're lovelier at this day than you have ever been in your life!

    Embarrassments Henry James
  • Alfred wanted to build a great marble monument over her; for he said the whole world did not contain a better or lovelier woman.

    Violet: A Fairy Story Caroline Snowden Guild
  • I do think that a white crown makes her lovelier than she was before.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
British Dictionary definitions for lovelier


adjective -lier, -liest
very attractive or beautiful
highly pleasing or enjoyable: a lovely time
loving and attentive
inspiring love; lovable
noun (pl) -lies
(slang) a lovely woman
Derived Forms
loveliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovelier



Old English luflic "affectionate, loveable;" see love (n.) + -ly (1). The modern sense of "lovable on account of beauty, attractive" is from c.1300, "applied indiscriminately to all pleasing material objects, from a piece of plum-cake to a Gothic cathedral" [George P. Marsh, "The Origin and History of the English Language," 1862].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lovelier



An attractive woman: where flabby lovelies in polka-dot bikinis lobbed beachballs around (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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