lovesick

adjective

love·​sick ˈləv-ˌsik How to pronounce lovesick (audio)
1
: languishing with love : yearning
a lovesick suitor
2
: expressing a lover's longing
lovesickness noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Not Another Teen Movie sent up teensploitation flicks from both the '80s and '90s, and its faux-romantic finale features Ringwald herself, referencing Pretty in Pink directly and trying to talk some sense into lovesick teens. Drew Mackie, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2022 However, the show reduced Hope to a lovesick girl pining desperately (and selfishly) for a boy not nearly as impressive as herself. Amanda Ostuni, EW.com, 28 June 2022 Edi Patterson and Tim Baltz are picture-perfect playing two lovesick lunatics vying for a spot among the megachurch establishment on The Righteous Gemstones. Marcus Jones, EW.com, 24 Feb. 2022 On Monday, Amazon Studios debuted first-look footage — naturally scored to the Jackson 5 song that inspired the movie’s title — which begins as Slate and Day’s lovesick character’s meet for the first time while crying in a stairwell. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 20 Dec. 2021 The four young lovers all have their own charms, with Christopher Creane and Wildlin Pierrevil engagingly playing lovesick fools. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 3 Apr. 2021 Bea and Watson are instead left to lick their lovesick wounds in the finale’s last minutes. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 28 Mar. 2021 By the end, as in Ernaux’s book, the affair is finally over, the formerly lovesick woman changed forever by its course. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2021 The lovesick gastropod was a garden snail called Jeremy, named after the reportedly garden-loving, left-wing UK politician Jeremy Corbyn, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Biology Letters. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 2 June 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Lovesick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lovesick. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

lovesick

adjective
love·​sick ˈləv-ˌsik How to pronounce lovesick (audio)
1
: weak with love
2
: expressing a lover's desire
lovesick poems
lovesickness noun

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