am·​o·​rous | \ˈa-mə-rəs, 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for amorous


amatory, aphrodisiac (also aphrodisiacal), erogenous, erotic (also erotical), erotogenic, sexy, steamy


nonerotic, unerotic, unsexy

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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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Several frolicsome paintings, in a gallery papered with velvety purple wallpaper and devoted to amorous pursuits, exult in the erotic lives of gods and nobles. Cate Mcquaid,, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018 Situations often look pregnant with amorous suggestion. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: At BalletX, a New Work Alive With Suspense and Surrealism," 13 July 2018 Before turning amorous, a male and a female bear wrestle in the backyard of Tom Stienstra’s mountain cabin, unaware that the night-vision wildlife cam is on, capturing them at play. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "It’s nature’s way, caught on camera," 27 May 2018 While Yvonne invents non-amorous explanations for his absence, her husband, George (Marcel Andre), and spinster sister, Leo (Gabrielle Dorziat), try to lay the groundwork for the revelations likely to come. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Storm Within' ('Les Parents Terribles'): Film Review," 23 May 2018 While scholars agree about the radical nature of her late spiritual poems, there are questions regarding the amorous verse. Cammy Brothers, WSJ, "‘Renaissance Woman’ Review: A Lady of Letters," 27 Apr. 2018 Unfortunately, Brea and John's amorous buzz is killed when, later that night, Darren and Malia show up earlier than planned, an awkward arrival that brings out Darren's uglier side and causes a brief rupture among the foursome. Gary Goldstein,, "Paula Patton stars in the surprisingly effective thriller 'Traffik'," 20 Apr. 2018 Markle isn’t the first to experience the amorous powers of roast chicken. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "I Made Meghan Markle’s Engagement Chicken and Now I’m in Love," 13 Apr. 2018 At one point, countertenor Charles Humphries (a capable replacement for Robin Blaze) donned a petticoat and smeared lipstick on his mouth to play the rustic Mopsa, spurning Brook’s amorous Coridon in a hilarious duet. Zoë Madonna,, "Handel and Haydn ‘Fairy Queen’ is delightful," 7 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of amorous

: having or showing strong feelings of sexual attraction or love

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