lov·​able ˈlə-və-bəl How to pronounce lovable (audio)
variants or less commonly loveable
: having qualities that attract affection
the hero's lovable sidekickTerrence Rafferty
he's the gruff but lovable grandpaJohn Garrity
lovability noun
lovableness noun
lovably adverb

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Lovable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lovable. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also loveable
: having qualities that tend to make one loved
lovableness noun
lovably adverb

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