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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All this persona of her being warm, cuddly, and lovable in real life? Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Richard E. Grant on playing a “Labrador” to Melissa McCarthy’s “porcupine” in their new movie," 18 Oct. 2018 Noah was just like genuinely kind and lovable from day one. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "You Have to Hear What Shannon Purser Said About Her On-Screen Kiss with Noah Centineo," 6 Sep. 2018 While Castillo nails her second act numbers, there are more than a few false notes in Dolan’s aggressively lovable Joe, who is unfortunately the main character and narrator of the play. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Meadow Brook's 'Burt & Me' has great songs but a stale story," 7 June 2018 It’s as though his once-lovable stupidity has been weaponized into something a lot more dismissive and dangerous. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "How did Patrick Star of ‘SpongeBob’ become a meme phenomenon?," 12 July 2018 Chris Pratt has come a long way from his days stripping and living in a van to become one of Hollywood’s most lovable, and bankable, action stars. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "How Chris Pratt Went From Homeless Stripper to King of the Summer Box Office," 22 June 2018 The dancing Senegalese and lovable Icelanders with their Thunderclapping fans have also packed up their bags and headed home. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "2018 World Cup Round of 16 Preview: Everything You Need to Know," 29 June 2018 And speaking of unforgiving: most Lakers fans wouldn't be satisfied with a lovable, overachieving seventh seed. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Trusting the Lakers' Process in NBA Free Agency," 26 June 2018 With that smile, an amazing thing happened: Amy became lovable, too, subtly defying the idea that there’s something inherently unpleasant about an ambitious, brainy woman. Sauleha Kamal, The Atlantic, "The Character Who Made Me Love Brooklyn Nine-Nine," 12 June 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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