adjective \ˈa-mə-rəs, ˈam-rəs\

: having or showing strong feelings of sexual attraction or love

Full Definition of AMOROUS

:  strongly moved by love and especially sexual love <amorous couples>
:  being in love :  enamored —usually used with of <amorous of the girl>
a :  indicative of love <received amorous glances from her partner>
b :  of or relating to love <an amorous novel>
am·o·rous·ly adverb
am·o·rous·ness noun

Examples of AMOROUS

  1. He has an amorous nature.
  2. <male birds engage in amorous behavior—nest-building, singing, showing off their finery—in order to attract females>
  3. Vickers has now turned his formidable powers to A Lover's Complaint. This 329-line amorous oration was published with the Sonnets in 1609, though it is probably little read even by those for whom the sonnets are a form of poetic oxygen. —Harold Love, Times Literary Supplement, 6 July 2007

Origin of AMOROUS

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin amorosus, from Latin amor love, from amare to love
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with AMOROUS


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