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[luhv-er] /ˈlʌv ər/
a person who is in love with another.
a person who has a sexual or romantic relationship with another.
a person with whom one conducts an extramarital sexual affair.
a person who has a strong enjoyment or liking for something, as specified:
a lover of music.
a person who loves, especially a person who has or shows a warm and general affectionate regard for others:
a lover of mankind.
Origin of lover
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at love, -er1
Related forms
loverless, adjective
loverlike, adjective
nonlover, noun
Can be confused
louver, Louvre, lover.
4. devotee, enthusiast, fan.


[luhv-er] /ˈlʌv ər/
Samuel, 1797–1868, Irish novelist, painter, and songwriter. Unabridged
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  • Her lover played upon his flute, while she leaned against a tree and listened.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • He was older than I, experienced with women—a lover of women, I came to understand in time.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • If it be possible for so universal a lover to be confined so long to one object?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Calvert, my friend, is a lover as well as a painter of nature.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • And have you not before now said, that nothing is so penetrating as the eye of a lover who has vanity?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for lover


a person, now esp a man, who has an extramarital or premarital sexual relationship with another person
(often pl) either of the two people involved in a love affair
  1. someone who loves a specified person or thing: a lover of music
  2. (in combination): a music-lover, a cat-lover
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Word Origin and History for lover

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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