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[am-er-uh s] /ˈæm ər əs/
inclined or disposed to love, especially sexual love:
an amorous disposition.
showing or expressing love:
an amorous letter.
of or relating to love:
amorous poetry.
being in love; enamored:
She smiled and at once he became amorous of her.
Origin of amorous
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin amōrōsus, equivalent to amor love + -ōsus -ose1, -ous
Related forms
amorously, adverb
amorousness, amorosity
[am-uh-ros-i-tee] /ˌæm əˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonamorous, adjective
nonamorously, adverb
nonamorousness, noun
unamorous, adjective
unamorously, adverb
unamorousness, noun
1. loving; amatory. 2. passionate, impassioned; fond, tender. 3. erotic. Unabridged
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  • His dark-blue eyes, guiltless of amorous droop, wide and bright, had in them a strained intensity of regard that was painful.

    A Pasteboard Crown Clara Morris
  • These selfish, amorous adventures will let us in for no end of trouble.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • Amongst the rest was the illustrious peer of amorous memory.

    Amelia Henry Fielding
  • It is Ulysses who is "reluctant," and Calypso who is "amorous."

    Milton Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
  • I thought I would like to speak to her, not for any amorous reasons, but because I felt curious to hear her adventures.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • By the emotion of "love" I do not mean the amorous phenomenon which we call "being in love."

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for amorous


inclined towards or displaying love or desire
in love
of or relating to love
Derived Forms
amorously, adverb
amorousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin amōrōsus, from Latin amor love
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for amorous

c.1300, from Old French amorous (Modern French amoureux), from Late Latin amorosum, from amor "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). Related: Amorously; amorousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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