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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English lovere, luffer, lufere, equivalent to love +‎ -er.

Alternative formsEdit

  • lovyer (dialectal or obsolete)

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NounEdit

lover (plural lovers)

  1. One who loves and cares for another person in a romantic way; a sweetheart, love, soulmate, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
    • Shakespeare
      Love is blind, and lovers cannot see / The pretty follies that themselves commit.
  2. A sexual partner, especially one with whom someone is having an affair.
  3. A person who loves something.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 18, [1]
      But tho' a conscientious disciplinarian, he was no lover of authority for mere authority's sake.
    a lover of fine wines
    a lover of his country
  4. (West Country, with "my") An informal term of address for any friend.
    All right, me lover?
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Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

lover (plural lovers)

  1. Obsolete form of louver.

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch lover, originally the plural of loof. As with other words with plurals in -er, eventually this was substituted with -eren, creating loveren. This new plural was then reanalysed as a separate noun and a new singular form lover was back-formed from it.

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NounEdit

lover n (plural lovers, diminutive lovertje n)

  1. foliage

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

A 17th century borrowing from North Sea Germanic language verb "lofen, lufen". The 1986 Dictionnaire de l'Académie française identifies the source as Low German (Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German); Jan de Vries' Nederlands Etymologisch Woordenboek (which identifies it as a possible cognate of Dutch leuver) suggests East Frisian instead.

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VerbEdit

lover

  1. to coil (a rope or cord)
  2. (reflexive, of a snake) to coil up, wind up; to curl up

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Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

lover (plural lovers)

  1. lover

Norwegian BokmålEdit

NounEdit

lover m

  1. indefinite plural of lov

VerbEdit

lover

  1. present tense of love

Norwegian NynorskEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

lover m, f

  1. indefinite feminine plural of lov

Etymology 2Edit

VerbEdit

lover

  1. present tense of lova