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[luhv-ee] /ˈlʌv i/
noun, Chiefly British Informal.
sweetheart; dear: used as a term of endearment.
Origin of lovey
First recorded in 1725-35; love + -ey2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I've seen you all in better days, lovey, and I'm as fond of everything in the house as you are, but I see no way out of it.

  • "Me and Bart having written our names, lovey," put in Deborah.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • "Oh, lovey, please don't kill the chickens," Roxanne said in a tone of real pleading.

    Phyllis Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Babies are common enough to most folks, but lovey was diff'rent.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • I dress up in a blanket for a court dress, and we wake up lovey and play our royal visit.

    Phyllis Maria Thompson Daviess
  • I ought to know, my own lovey pet, that we can trust you in everything.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • But anyhow, we had one coffin for 'em both, and I opened lovey's arms and laid the baby in 'em.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • lovey, Auntie doesn't like to see you wearing a pin like that!

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • lovey closed the door upon them, bolted it, and sat for hours staring at the empty cradle.

    News from the Duchy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Tug at the knot, lovey; it's fast, but it won't strangle you.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
British Dictionary definitions for lovey


(Brit, informal) another word for love (sense 11)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lovey

affectionate pet name, 1731, from love (n.) + -y (3). Extended form lovey-dovey attested from 1819 (n.), 1847 (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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