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


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Examples from the Web for amorously

Historical Examples

  • He kissed her violently, and when the kiss was slow in coming she provoked it, amorously.

    A Virgin Heart

    Remy de Gourmont

  • He shows it when kissing and amorously fondling the glove she has refused.

    Dramatic Technique

    George Pierce Baker

  • The spirit of the South overspread her with its wings and took her amorously in its arms.


    William J. Locke

  • He translated vaguely and amorously from the Italian, and had a great deal to do with the composition of the Guirlande de Julie.

  • It was in the arbour, on the same seat of old sticks where formerly Leon had looked at her so amorously on the summer evenings.

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

British Dictionary definitions for amorously


  1. inclined towards or displaying love or desire
  2. in love
  3. of or relating to love
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Derived Formsamorously, adverbamorousness, noun

Word Origin

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



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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