love handles

plural noun

Definition of love handles

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

Examples of love handles in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Simply counting steps isn’t going to increase anyone’s cardio or melt away the love handles. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 12 Nov. 2019 The Bears offense is the doughy guy at the gym with the love handles, vowing to change but lacking the discipline to follow through. David Haugh,, 8 Oct. 2019 Call it what you will: beer belly, love handles, gut, spare tire, or anything else. Armin Brott,, 21 Oct. 2019 During the procedure, the device is strapped onto trouble areas, most often the stomach, love handles, and thighs, and alternates between intense heat, which is absorbed by the body's fatty tissue, and brief cooldowns. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, 9 July 2019 Double that time for love handles, which require a treatment on each side. Gina Way, Marie Claire, 20 Apr. 2012 Think of it as especially effective for areas that are tricky to diet and exercise away, i.e. love handles, arm fat, and double chins. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 11 Jan. 2019 So all night, all night my left love handle kept popping. Luke Darby, GQ, 6 Mar. 2018 Your love handles lie on top of the obliques, which are a very specific group of abdominal muscles. Angela Peterson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of love handles

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Love handles.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of love handles

informal : areas of fat along the sides of a person's waist

love handles

noun plural
love han·​dles | \ ˈləv-ˌhan-dᵊlz How to pronounce love handles (audio) \

Medical Definition of love handles

: fatty bulges along the sides at the waist


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