Definition of amorous
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
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of amorous
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin amorosus, from Latin amor love, from amare to love
First Known Use: 14th century
AMOROUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of amorous for English Language Learners
: having or showing strong feelings of sexual attraction or love
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