love handles

plural noun

: fatty bulges along the sides of the body at the waist

Examples of love handles in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Build up your pecs, lats, deltoids, and traps to create the illusion of smaller love handles. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 26 Jan. 2023 By targeting problem areas like love handles, belly fat, and cellulite, ELMNT Super Collagen Burn is the perfect addition to your daily routine. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 June 2023 Still, a balanced diet and cardio exercises are essential for reducing the appearance of love handles. Jennifer Cohen, Health, 18 June 2023 Inside the office, Martha lounged on a bench, all droopy eyes and love handles. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Feb. 2023 Adipose fat, such as the love handles, can act as energy deposits. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 26 Jan. 2023 Losing love handles, like bodybuilding, is a game of illusion. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 26 Jan. 2023 Losing body fat is a process that is equally distributed in your body—in other words, 1,000 reps of side bends will not burn away the fat around your love handles. Jeff Tomko, Men's Health, 3 Jan. 2023 Tired of having love handles or belly fat that just won't go away? Mark Anderson, Discover Magazine, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of love handles was in 1970

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“Love handles.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition

love handles

noun plural
love han·​dles ˈləv-ˌhan-dᵊlz How to pronounce love handles (audio)
: fatty bulges along the sides at the waist
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