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lovey

[luhv-ee] /ˈlʌv i/
noun, Chiefly British Informal.
1.
sweetheart; dear: used as a term of endearment.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; love + -ey2
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British Dictionary definitions for lovey

lovey

/ˈlʌvɪ/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) another word for love (sense 11)
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Word Origin and History for lovey

affectionate pet name, 1731, from love (n.) + -y (3). Extended form lovey-dovey attested from 1819 (n.), 1847 (adj.).

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