lov·​able | \ ˈlə-və-bəl \
variants: or less commonly loveable

Definition of lovable

: having qualities that attract affection the hero's lovable sidekick— Terrence Rafferty he's the gruff but lovable grandpa— John Garrity

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Other Words from lovable

lovability \ ˌlə-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
lovableness noun
lovably \ ˈlə-​və-​blē \ adverb

Examples of lovable in a Sentence

He has a bad temper, but he's still lovable. she was a lovable child, always helpful and kind

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Fans have come to know the cast of Modern Family as a goofy, lovable group that feels like—well, family. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Modern Family' Will Deal with the Death of a Major Character in the New Season," 15 Sep. 2018 According to a report by Variety, Apple signed a deal with Canadian broadcaster DHX Media to produce new content featuring the Peanuts gang, Charles M. Schulz's band of friends including Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the lovable beagle Snoopy. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple to bring Charlie Brown and the Peanuts to its streaming service," 17 Dec. 2018 Annette then asked the lovable host to describe his signature Happy Dance to her. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "I Spent the Day in the Kitchen With QVC's David Venable," 20 Nov. 2018 Or maybe the lovable Hilda and rather mysterious Dr. Cerberus? Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 2 Could Premiere on Valentine's Day According to a New Fan Theory," 30 Oct. 2018 The group itself was designed to showcase the duality between the group's dark and fierce side (the black) along with their light and lovable side (pink), felt in their extremely accessible hip-hop/dance-pop sound. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "BLACKPINK: A Girl Group Owning Its Girl Power," 6 July 2018 Her job here is to eye-roll at the puerile antics and then to cue the audience’s warm, fuzzy feeling about these allegedly lovable lunkheads. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Tag' review: Don't these guys have anything else to do?," 14 June 2018 In the long history of Bay Area sporting heroes, there has rarely been a character more lovable than Curry. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "In Bay Area pantheon of champions, Warriors are right at home," 10 June 2018 Long considered the lovable underdog to their main rivals, the Giants, the Swallows have fielded an impressive team in the last few years, even winning a pennant in 2015. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Take Me Out to the Japanese Ball Game," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of lovable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lovable

: easy to love : having attractive or appealing qualities


lov·​able | \ ˈlə-və-bəl \

Kids Definition of lovable

: easy to love : having attractive or appealing qualities a lovable child

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