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

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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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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“Amorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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