inclined or disposed to love, especially sexual love: an amorous disposition.
showing or expressing love: an amorous letter.
of or relating to love: amorous poetry.
being in love; enamored: She smiled and at once he became amorous of her.

Origin of amorous

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin amōrōsus, equivalent to amor love + -ōsus -ose1, -ous
Related formsam·o·rous·ly, adverbam·o·rous·ness, am·o·ros·i·ty [am-uh-ros-i-tee] /ˌæm əˈrɒs ɪ ti/, nounnon·am·o·rous, adjectivenon·am·o·rous·ly, adverbnon·am·o·rous·ness, nounun·am·o·rous, adjectiveun·am·o·rous·ly, adverbun·am·o·rous·ness, noun

Synonyms for amorous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of amorous

  • But, I repeat, this question has nothing to do with amorous intoxication.

  • However, in such cases it is most often the old man who is amorous.

  • His amorous exaltations are ridiculed, or else they inspire disgust.

  • From the neighbourhood, now asleep, one now only heard the miawing of an amorous tabby.

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  • It was she—it was her arms and necks which gave that semblance of amorous vitality to her fruit.

British Dictionary definitions for amorous



inclined towards or displaying love or desire
in love
of or relating to love
Derived Formsamorously, adverbamorousness, noun

Word Origin for amorous

C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin amōrōsus, from Latin amor love
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Word Origin and History for amorous

c.1300, from Old French amorous (Modern French amoureux), from Late Latin amorosum, from amor "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). Related: Amorously; amorousness.

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