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 ofamorous 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 An amorous dinner is ready and waiting for that special someone to arrive. Paul Stephen,, "4 easy Valentine’s Day candies to make at home for your sweetheart," 5 Feb. 2020 Page and Strzok, who were involved in an amorous relationship, were later dismissed from Mueller’s team for exchanging texts that showed bias and hatred toward Trump, the object of their team’s investigation. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Who Watches the Watchmen?," 5 Dec. 2019 There’s Jennifer Joplin as Mistress Margaret Page, one of Falstaff’s amorous targets. David Lyman,, "Review: ‘Merry Wives’ over-the-top but not all together," 16 Nov. 2019 There might be some amorous activities or rumors thereof going on in the workplace that create awkward situations. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 6, 2019: Happy birthday Michael Cerveris; Pisces, avoid unwise investments," 6 Nov. 2019 At the core of these convictions is the controversial idea, formally proposed by Rosemary Basson of the University of British Columbia in 2002, that many women may not experience spontaneous arousal and instead need some coaxing to feel amorous. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Testosterone Therapy Can Restore Women’s Libido—but Questions Remain," 30 July 2019 The firm has more tools at its disposal to help its amorous users find a good match than any other dating service, thanks to its huge user base and its trove of their data. The Economist, "Facebook has unleashed a new dating service," 12 Sep. 2019 Annie Abrams is a mysterious German secret agent, a Scottish farmer’s amorous young wife and a prim stranger on a train who is impervious to Hannay’s charm but becomes ensnared in his plight nonetheless. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: TheatreWorks delivers madcap comedy ’39 Steps’ with a sure hand," 26 Aug. 2019 Your special someone might have amorous plans for a very romantic evening. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for Aug. 22, 2019: Happy birthday Kristen Wiig; Leo, whip up something exciting," 22 Aug. 2019

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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, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin amorosus, from Latin amor love, from amare to love

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18 Feb 2020

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“Amorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of amorous

: having or showing strong feelings of sexual attraction or love

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