lov·​able | \ ˈlə-və-bəl How to pronounce lovable (audio) \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from lovable

lovability \ ˌlə-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce lovable (audio) \ noun
lovableness noun
lovably \ ˈlə-​və-​blē How to pronounce lovable (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web In this one, a big, furry, lovable dog is cast in Annie, and his owner gets murdered. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 The massive O’Neal was the lovable half of the duo, a big goofy kid, grinning and joking. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, "Kobe Bryant’s death shocked L.A. and the world amid ominous start to 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 That lovable scoundrel Lando Calrissian will be getting his own limited series, simply titled Lando. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Disney+ drops Andor teaser, announces gazillion other Star Wars projects," 11 Dec. 2020 The Hall of Fame pitcher who steered a stunning transformation from lovable losers to Miracle Mets in 1969. Anchorage Daily News, "Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020," 8 Dec. 2020 Nabokov started to seem less like a lovable, bumbling Professor Pnin and more like a pitiless White Russian with a monocle and an ebony cigarette holder. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "Nabokov, Steinberg, and Me," 7 Dec. 2020 Despite his open-ended final scene in season 1, lovable drug dealer Fezco (Angus Cloud) will return for season 2. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Euphoria’s Season 2 Cast Will Change Things Up A Bit," 3 Dec. 2020 Featuring fun characters like a T. rex wearing a Santa hat, each lovable plushie also hides a smaller plushie that’s just as cuddly for your critter. CNN Underscored, "Find all your pet gifts and essentials at PetSmart this holiday season," 30 Nov. 2020 Instead, the rats themselves became legendary, and even, in a black way, lovable. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Why New York’s Mob Mythology Endures," 30 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lovable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of lovable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lovable

Time Traveler for lovable

Time Traveler

The first known use of lovable was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for lovable

Last Updated

10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lovable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lovable. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lovable


How to pronounce lovable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lovable

: easy to love : having attractive or appealing qualities


lov·​able | \ ˈlə-və-bəl How to pronounce lovable (audio) \

Kids Definition of lovable

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

More from Merriam-Webster on lovable

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for lovable

Nglish: Translation of lovable for Spanish Speakers

Comments on lovable

What made you want to look up lovable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!