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

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Other Words from lovable

lovability \ ˌlə-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce lovability (audio) \ noun
lovableness noun
lovably \ ˈlə-​və-​blē How to pronounce lovably (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

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Life has changed a lot for scruffy, lovable Max (A LOT; disgraced Louis C.K. has been replaced by Patton Oswalt as the pooch’s voice). Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’: The pack is back and funnier than ever (review)," 5 June 2019 Independent filmmaker Tom Huang meditates on these very questions in his utterly lovable new feature-length movie Find Me, now available for streaming on Amazon. Kathryn Miles, Outside Online, "'Find Me' Is the Indie Adventure Film We All Need," 4 June 2019 Nathalie Emmanuel, whose lovable Missandei was executed in Episode 4, also wished her character had more time with Daenerys or even Cersei. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Cast Had Mixed Feelings About Moments in Season 8," 20 May 2019 Best of all, the castle has two fluffy mascots: a pair of lovable Irish wolfhounds, which greet guests each morning before breakfast. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "5 Amazing Locations in Ireland," 21 May 2019 Anne and George Boleyn There are echoes of Anne Boleyn and her brother George in those lovable rascals Cersei and Jaime Lannister. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "The Real People Who Inspired Game of Thrones," 10 Apr. 2019 Those two lovable weirdos are definitely still together in some universe! Teen Vogue, "9 Unforgettable Life Lessons From "10 Things I Hate About You"," 31 Mar. 2019 My awesome baby, who gets more fun and more sweet and more lovable every day. Kim Fusaro, Woman's Day, "Here's What I'm Thankful For …," 25 Nov. 2010 Both Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel are monumental characters, and their differences are what make each of them so special and lovable. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Captain Marvel Is a New Kind of Female Hero," 11 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce lovable (audio) \

Kids Definition of lovable

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

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