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

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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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The amorous couple, who has been pictured locking lips over the past several months, attended the brand’s Cruise 2020 presentation, drifting onto the scene dressed in ethereal all-white and holding hands. Vogue, "This Italian Power Couple Shutdown the Front Row at Gucci’s Cruise Show," 28 May 2019 Thirteen years earlier, the amorous detective fell into a setup orchestrated by shadowy enemies who needed him out of their way. Steph Cha,, "Walter Mosley's 'Down the River Unto the Sea' is a noir that plunges into social issues," 1 Mar. 2018 For the next few weeks, romantic bonds are going to get extra amorous, so don’t be afraid to dial up the kink. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Pisces Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 These run the gamut from the shamelessly romantic (take an amorous soak in Harptree Court's copper tub) to the shamelessly indulgent (Chewton Glen's tree-manse, in Hampshire, runs more than $1,000 a night). Deborah Dunn, Town & Country, "The Best of Glamping," 8 Oct. 2015 That said, nothing ruins an amorous getaway quite like a lesser-than hotel experience. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the Most Romantic Hotel in Paris," 6 Feb. 2018 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

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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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