am·​o·​rous ˈa-mə-rəs How to pronounce amorous (audio)
: strongly moved by love and especially sexual love
amorous couples
: being in love : enamored
usually used with of
amorous of the girl
: indicative of love
received amorous glances from her partner
: of or relating to love
an amorous novel
amorously adverb
amorousness noun

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of amorous was in the 14th century

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“Amorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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am·​o·​rous ˈam-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce amorous (audio)
: tending to love : easily falling in love
an amorous nature
: of, relating to, or caused by love
an amorous glance
amorously adverb
amorousness noun

Middle English amorous "moved by love," from early French amorous (same meaning), derived from Latin amare "to love" — related to amateur

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