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 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 Happy Easter to a very lovable and special little chickadee. Karla Pope, Good Housekeeping, "30 Best Easter Messages and Wishes to Share with Your Loved Ones," 22 Feb. 2021 Never a lovable character on a good day, these were not good days. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "White House Report Card: Another Trump trashing week for Biden," 21 Feb. 2021 Bachetti, who shapes the pies at Pizzeria Da Attilio, is smiling but ascetic, a lovable obsessive whose devotion to pizza is complete. Francesco Lastrucci, Smithsonian Magazine, "Inside Naples’ World-Famous Pizza Culture," 20 Feb. 2021 In the process of finding their balance, David learned to be lovable and trusting, and Patrick learned to be honest, both with himself and with his family. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "TV’s most authentic couples, for better or worse," 5 Feb. 2021 The lovable, undersized Russian veteran is edified for his ability to battle in the crease, and never give up on making a save. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Behind an uncharacteristic night for Anton Khudobin, Stars come up short against Blue Jackets," 4 Feb. 2021 But with months of winter still ahead, heated attire is a practical and strangely unsung solution to the problem of how to embrace the outdoors at its least lovable and most likely to induce frostbite. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "My Quest to Survive Quarantine—in Heated Clothes," 12 Jan. 2021 Tampa Bay even coaxed Rob Gronkowski out of retirement, to block, catch and serve as Brady’s lovable attaché. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes and a Historic Stay-at-Home Super Bowl," 25 Jan. 2021 The challenge facing the lovable band of misfits today is to find a vehicle that costs under $15,000 that's likely to hold its value over the next five years. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Cars for $15K That Will Hold Their Value: Window Shop with Car and Driver," 22 Jan. 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 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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