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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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Examples from the Web for lovingness
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  • I seem to know the very deeps of her lovingness—and understand her.

  • But to have bound him with his own lovingness, to have slain him with his own sweetness, this was a cruel thought.

    Missy Miriam Coles Harris
  • It is pleasant to turn back to Bernards lovingness and mercy.

  • This is a good sign of the humility and lovingness of your spirit: how is the test borne?

  • I have no wisdom of my own, no strength of mind of my own, no goodness of my own, no lovingness of my own.

    Sermons on National Subjects Charles Kingsley
  • It was the Gospel—the Gospel in its infinite breadth of lovingness—the Gospel no less in its restrictions and penalties.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • He would have over-tasked himself in his weakness much more, if it had not been for his lovingness to Alfred.

    Friarswood Post-Office Charlotte M. Yonge
  • For it is not a poetic fiction when we are told that a wayward spirit, is subdued by nature's loveliness and lovingness.

  • Except for having no lovingness in it, it looked a good deal like my Mother's hand.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • Except for having no lovingness in them, her hands looked very much like my Mother's.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for lovingness


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 lovingness


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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Slang definitions & phrases for lovingness


Related Terms

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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