Her benefactor is simply “him,” “my man,” and sometimes even “lover;” but not “boyfriend,” and never “husband.”
How about the man who created her—a lover of women who lived with a wife, his lover, their children, and a wayward librarian?
The first winner of the best collection award was Thom Gunn, an expat Brit living with his lover, Mike Kitay, in San Francisco.
She agonizes instead over her affairs and insecurities, her inability to be satisfied with one lover.
Not everyone wants to strip down in front of a lover with the lights on, much less strip down in front of a camera for all to see.
Now the lover is not only unlike his beloved, but he forces himself upon him.
She had need have a good share of sense to manage so capricious a lover.
But Wilfrid's attention was frozen by the sight of Vittoria's lover.
It was against custom for a lover to visit his sweetheart by day.
All of life is sacred to the lover, and all life is sacred to him.
early 13c., agent noun from love (v.). Old English had lufend for male lovers, lufestre for women. Meaning "one who has a predilection for" (a thing, concept, pursuit, etc.) is mid-14c. As a form of address to a lover, from 1911. Related: Loverly.