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[luhv-suh m] /ˈlʌv səm/
inspiring love; lovely; lovable.
amorous; loving.
Origin of lovesome
before 1000; Middle English lovesom, Old English lufsum. See love, -some1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I could not look at her as she spoke; I dared not trust myself,—the most thrilling irony pointed her delicate, lovesome tones.

  • On the pedestal was carved, "A garden is a lovesome spot, God wot."

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • I had always supposed that a mocking-bird, like a garden, was "a lovesome thing, God wot."

    The Smiling Hill-Top Julia M. Sloane
  • Mistress Martin, a pair of lovesome white silk stockings (Note 2).

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest Emily Sarah Holt
  • First he roused Iris of the golden wings to speed forth and call the fair-tressed Demeter, the lovesome in beauty.

    The Homeric Hymns Andrew Lang
  • He hath sisters, methinks, that bear high fame for fair and lovesome?

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
  • Piers was good and lovesome, and I do not blame you for loving him as long as it was right to do so.

    I, Thou, and the Other One Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • I come from Flanders, a lovely land and filled with lovesome girls.

  • But the gate which led to the lovesome Garden was open wide, so that one might see the Cupid as he rode his swan.

    The Tin Soldier Temple Bailey
  • "You've the lovesome hand with the beasties," said Pan as he smiled down on the lambs and me.

    The Golden Bird Maria Thompson Daviess
Word Origin and History for lovesome

Old English lufsum "worthy of love," from love (v.) + -some (1). Early 13c. as "lovely," 1720 as "amorous." An old word that might be useful in its original sense. Related: Lovesomely; lovesomeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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