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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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  • Then is that His justice, is that His love, which if we copied we should be unjust and unloving utterly?

    The Water of Life Charles Kingsley
  • It is dreadful to look forward to a cold, unloving existence.

    Helen and Arthur Caroline Lee Hentz
  • There are blasphemous actions as well as blasphemous words: all unloving, cruel deeds are acted blasphemy.

    Mary Barton Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Here it is the work of your own hearts, of your loving or unloving thoughts.

    Seen and Unseen E. Katharine Bates
  • Dr. Holbrook was too noble a man to have an unloving wife, and not for a moment did she repent of her decision with regard to him.

    Aikenside Mary J. Holmes
  • A blessing on them as they go, softening our hard, unloving hearts!

  • Then she would accuse him of not loving her, bewail her sad lot, and vow to grow silent and unloving like himself.

    Overland Tales Josephine Clifford
  • It is the first caress her unloving husband has ever offered her.

British Dictionary definitions for unloving


not feeling or showing love and affection


feeling, showing, or indicating love and affection
Derived Forms
lovingly, adverb
lovingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unloving


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 unloving


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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.
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The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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