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[luhv-ing] /ˈlʌv ɪŋ/
feeling or showing love; warmly affectionate; fond:
loving glances.
Origin of loving
before 1000; Middle English lovyng; replacing Middle English lovende, Old English lufiende. See love, -ing2
Related forms
lovingly, adverb
lovingness, noun
nonloving, adjective
unloving, adjective Unabridged
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  • Impulsively she reached out a strong brown hand and placed it lovingly over the frail one near her.

    Sisters Grace May North
  • In this manner they travelled, side by side, lovingly together.

    The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray
  • And yet the little children put their arms around His neck, and looked up fearlessly and lovingly.

  • The angel of death had kissed her lovingly, and unnoticed of any she had passed with him away.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • He dwelt long and lovingly over the financial pages, running his eyes up and down the columns of "to-day's transactions."

    The Unpublishable Memoirs A. S. W. Rosenbach
British Dictionary definitions for lovingly


feeling, showing, or indicating love and affection
Derived Forms
lovingly, adverb
lovingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lovingly

late 14c., from loving + -ly (2).


Old English lufenda (see love (v.)). Loving cup is attested from 1808. Lovingkindness was Coverdale's word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ever-loving, motherfucking

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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The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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