amorous

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EtymologyEdit

(14th century) From Old French amoros, amoreus, from Medieval Latin amōrōsus, from Latin amor (love), related to amāre (to love). Compare French amoureux (in love).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈæ.mɹəs/, /ˈæ.mə.ɹəs/

AdjectiveEdit

amorous (comparative more amorous, superlative most amorous)

  1. Inclined or having a propensity to love, or to sexual enjoyment.
    an amorous disposition
    We were both feeling amorous so the inevitable happened.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter V, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
    Synonyms: loving, fond, affectionate
  2. Indicating love or sexual desire.
    She kept making these amorous suggestions.
    • 1929, Robert Dean Frisbee, The Book of Puka-Puka (republished by Eland, 2019; p. 218):
      There was no tune to it, only amorous gruntings like those of some old satyr who had furnished music for Circe's revels.
  3. Of or relating to, or produced by, love.
    She read me an amorous poem.
  4. (dated) Affected with love; in love; enamored.
    He had been amorous of her since schooldays.

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