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

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 The comedy, about an American football coach drafted to lead a British soccer team, was a warm light of positivity in 2020, a deeply funny and meaningful show with lovable characters. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021 At first, all four men who formed Led Zeppelin are lovable. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2021 In peeling away the myths of pop culture and its lovable celebrities, Sorkin reveals the source of its mighty and lasting power. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2021 Yet the scariest advice Rodrick gives is that Greg needs to ditch lovable goofball Rowley in order to survive junior high. Courtney Howard, Variety, 3 Dec. 2021 But after the fiery Saban, the quirky Les Miles and lovable Orgeron, how will LSU’s hurricane-drinking, crawfish-eating fans react to a prickly Yankee? Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 1 Dec. 2021 Thus the triumph of kale in the past decade, a hardy and nutritious if not particularly lovable vegetable. New York Times, 26 Nov. 2021 Made of lapis lazuli, serpentine, and brass, the Onix Cup from Colombian designer Natalia Criado is the perfect gift for the lovable Nero in your life. Bon Appétit, 19 Nov. 2021 Addie and her sister — a lovable pair — are road-tripping to a wedding when a car slams into the back of theirs. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of lovable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Lovable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lovable. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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