am·​o·​rous | \ ˈa-mə-rəs How to pronounce amorous (audio) , ˈam-rəs \

Definition of amorous

1 : strongly moved by love and especially sexual love amorous couples
2 : being in love : enamored usually used with of amorous of the girl
3a : indicative of love received amorous glances from her partner
b : of or relating to love an amorous novel

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Other Words from amorous

amorously adverb
amorousness noun

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A couple smooching on a park bench could be called amorous, or a young married couple who are always hugging and kissing. But the word is often used a bit sarcastically, as when a tabloid newspaper gets hold of some scandalous photos and calls the participants "the amorous pair". In such cases, we may be encouraged to think the attraction is more physical than emotional.

Examples of amorous in a Sentence

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 The first commercial valentines were produced in the U.S. in 1834 by one Robert H. Elton, and the custom of sending greeting cards with amorous messages has persisted. — Phillip Lopate, Wigwag, February 1990 His amorous affairs he flaunted as if they were masterpieces, and he invited his marital partner to share in the esthetic experience. — John Updike, New York Times Book Review, 29 Mar. 1987 He has an amorous nature. male birds engage in amorous behavior—nest-building, singing, showing off their finery—in order to attract females
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Recent Examples on the Web According to Martin & Miller, the data included amorous communications with numerous women, and more than 200 photographs of women. David Crary, ajc, "Law firm details sexual misconduct by global ministry leader," 12 Feb. 2021 According to Martin & Miller, the data included amorous communications with numerous women, and more than 200 photographs of women. David Crary, Star Tribune, "Law firm details sexual misconduct by global ministry leader," 12 Feb. 2021 As the evening wore on, reporters witnessed Tarses and Reynolds go outside and become amorous. Brooks Barnes New York Times, Star Tribune, "Trailblazing TV executive Jamie Tarses dies at 56; developed 'Friends' and other hits," 3 Feb. 2021 As the evening wore on, reporters witnessed Ms. Tarses and Mr. Reynolds go outside and become amorous. New York Times, "Jamie Tarses, Executive in a Hollywood Rise-and-Fall Story, Dies at 56," 1 Feb. 2021 One night, in his dad’s car at Maple Lake, a notorious parking spot for amorous couples, Gerry asked Maria to marry him. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "Once upon a time, they fell in love. The happily ever after took another 50 years," 27 Nov. 2020 Courtship behaviors begin in January or February, when hormones intensify the owls' calling and give it an amorous spin. Laura Erickson, Popular Science, "Three love stories about birds that will delight your heart," 6 Nov. 2020 Your special someone may be poised for amorous adventures this weekend. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 12, 2020: Happy birthday Jennifer Hudson; Capricorn, show someone you care," 12 Sep. 2020 More recently, however, many Adam Smith scholars have been willing to entertain and explore [the] amorous Smithian enigma head on. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Betting on Gridlock," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of amorous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amorous

Middle English amorous, amerous, borrowed from Anglo-French amerous, amerus, amorous (continental Old French amoreus, amorous), going back to Vulgar Latin *amōrōsus, from Latin amōr-, amor "love" + -ōsus -ous — more at amour

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24 Feb 2021

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“Amorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of amorous

: having or showing strong feelings of sexual attraction or love

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