Definition of amorous
- amorous couples
- amorous of the girl
- received amorous glances from her partner
- an amorous novel
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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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.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: having or showing strong feelings of sexual attraction or love
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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