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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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Examples from the Web for amorously
Historical Examples
  • He kissed her violently, and when the kiss was slow in coming she provoked it, amorously.

    A Virgin Heart Remy de Gourmont
  • He shows it when kissing and amorously fondling the glove she has refused.

    Dramatic Technique

    George Pierce Baker
  • The spirit of the South overspread her with its wings and took her amorously in its arms.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • He translated vaguely and amorously from the Italian, and had a great deal to do with the composition of the Guirlande de Julie.

  • It was in the arbour, on the same seat of old sticks where formerly Leon had looked at her so amorously on the summer evenings.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • He represents Piccini precipitating himself at the feet of the singer, and amorously squeezing her hand.

  • It was in the arbor, on the same seat of old sticks where formerly Léon had looked at her so amorously on the summer evenings.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Accordingly, throwing her arms about his neck, she kissed him amorously and he on like wise kissed her.

  • There she is welcomed by her numerous kinswomen, who stroke and lick her amorously, and bestow on her a maternal kiss.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • Why, once Ali had waded into the lake up to his waist to rescue two amorously fluttering butterflies that had fallen into it!

British Dictionary definitions for amorously


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
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Word Origin and History for amorously



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.

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