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 lovability (audio) \ noun
lovableness noun
lovably \ ˈlə-​və-​blē How to pronounce lovably (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 Warriors’ ability to become a lovable and scrappy underdog only went so far. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Clippers' 2019 playoff loss to Warriors 'helped' Kawhi Leonard make decision," 25 Oct. 2019 Steve Harvey fans know him as a lovable and hilarious character in front of the cameras and over the radio airwaves. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steve Harvey and His Wife Marjorie Have Faced So Many Ups and Downs With Their Kids," 8 May 2019 There’s our lovable lead Renee, who parlays her newfound self-esteem into landing a job at the front desk of Lily LeClaire, a high-end fashion brand that typically only hires Instagram models. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Amy Schumer's New Movie Isn't About Her Body—It’s About the Danger of Self-Loathing," 19 Apr. 2018 Rusty deer: Made by a Wisconsin artist, this buck or doe has a lovable face and spindly legs and can relax in your garden all year long. Stands about 4 ½ feet tall and 3 feet long and is priced at $170.00. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful, whimsical or classic, yard art can enhance your garden’s overall appeal," 3 July 2019 Here's to looking forward to what the boundary-pushing artist wears on the next red carpet and more lovable moments between the engaged couple. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga and Her Fiancé Were the Actual Definition of #CoupleGoals at the 2019 SAG Awards," 28 Jan. 2019 And hopes run high as viewers meet a strong new Jo, a swoony new Laurie, and a lovable quartet of sisters. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "The New ‘Little Women’ May Finally Do Justice to Its Most Controversial Character," 14 Aug. 2019 And Ruth’s chemistry with Sam, always a thrill to watch, is limited by the fact that a Vegas show doesn’t need a full-time director, relegating Maron’s lovable crank to the sidelines. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "GLOW Goes Post-plot," 8 Aug. 2019 Dubbed The Slater in honor of the lovable jock from Saved by the Bell, the new two-bed, one-bath spot is replete with a playable N64 gaming console, VHS tapes and all kinds of other retro doodads and décor. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "'90s-themed Airbnb joins an '80s-themed Airbnb in Lower Greenville," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of lovable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Lovable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loveable. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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How to pronounce lovable (audio)

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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