love·​sick ˈləv-ˌsik How to pronounce lovesick (audio)
: longing for, marked by, or expressive of a desire for romantic love
As the play begins, the Duke is like a lovesick teenager who listens to the same melancholy tune over and over as he dreams of the object of his affection.Tanya Grosz and Linda Wendler
"I'd trade a thousand roses for just one hand to hold," went one line of the lovesick songs [Allison Moorer] sang …Kevin McKeough
(humorous) News of a lovesick moose brought visitors by the carload to the farm …Faith McNulty
lovesickness noun
Traipsing about Europe in a state of weepy lovesickness over an Italian man … Daniel Lewis

Examples of lovesick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another harmless lovesick fan wanting to see a star, the guard thought; there were a couple every week. Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 The Origins Of The Gray Man There are a few different origin stories regarding the fabled Gray Man, many of which involve a lovesick sailor returning from sea. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 3 May 2024 And poor, lovesick Mateusz (Mateusz Rusin), who’d be a far better match for Jagna, gets sidelined. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2024 Wed to multiple wives at a time with numerous identities and brought in for domestic assault, Smith damaged his lovesick victims’ credit, self-esteem, and security in relationships. Eric Farwell,, 13 Dec. 2023 Their joy ride eventually ends in a crash, prompting a cold reality check for the lovesick superstar. Suzy Exposito, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2024 Jonathan did not recognize the lovesick artillery captain at all. Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books, 19 Jan. 2023 Now he’s made a swoon-inducing, lovesick album that looks back at those sources, infusing them with new voices and fresh sounds. Condé Nast, The New Yorker, 10 Nov. 2023 Jisoo is a lovesick girl no longer, as the 28-year-old BLACKPINK star is dating actor Ahn Bo-hyun. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 3 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lovesick was in the 15th century

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“Lovesick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


love·​sick ˈləv-ˌsik How to pronounce lovesick (audio)
: weak with love
: expressing a lover's desire
lovesick poems
lovesickness noun

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