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
Recent Examples on the Web This twist on a culinary tradition aims to portray farm animals as living souls, as lovable as any house pet. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "At a few farms, turkeys are the guest this Thanksgiving — not the main course," 26 Nov. 2019 Cleveland, for many years, has been a city of lovable losers. Hayden Grove, cleveland.com, "Cleveland, it’s time to be a bit more like Baker Mayfield: Hayden Grove," 20 Aug. 2019 Donnie plays the tough but lovable Danny Reagan on Blue Bloods, and Jenny is a judge on the outrageous Fox reality show, The Masked Singer. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy's Chicago Home Is Insane," 19 Oct. 2019 As the fickle but lovable gold-digger Musetta, Angela Mortellaro brought a lovely tone and fine acting skills to a role that required her to span the range from flirtatious tart to anguished friend. cleveland.com, "Cleveland Opera Theater kicks off season with ingenious, talent-rich ‘La Boheme’," 16 Sep. 2019 At that time, big-name actors tweeted support for Owens, who had a role as the goofy but lovable Elvin on the ’80s hit sitcom The Cosby Show. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "We’re job-shaming the wrong people," 22 Oct. 2019 Rye is the mature older sibling to lovable baby brother bourbon, bringing a depth and sophistication to classic American cocktails. Al Culliton, Bon Appétit, "This Holiday Season, Tell Your Family These 4 Cocktails Are Your Gift to Them," 25 Nov. 2019 Despite this, Baby Yoda is, in fact, so lovable that its lovability is evidence of storytellers and character designers at the peak of their powers. Wired, "Love Baby Yoda, You Must," 22 Nov. 2019 The Rockies have reverted to being same the lovable losers who first took the field in 1993. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: After bummer of bad Rockies season, heat now on GM Jeff Bridich to fix what’s wrong.," 28 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of lovable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Lovable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lovable. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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

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