[ am-er-uhs ]
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  1. inclined or disposed to love, especially sexual love: an amorous disposition.

  2. showing or expressing love: an amorous letter.

  1. of or relating to love: amorous poetry.

  2. being in love; enamored: She smiled and at once he became amorous of her.

Origin of amorous

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin amōrōsus, equivalent to amor “love” + -ōsus -ose1, -ous

Other words for amorous

Other words from amorous

  • am·o·rous·ly, adverb
  • am·o·rous·ness, am·o·ros·i·ty [am-uh-ros-i-tee], /ˌæm əˈrɒs ɪ ti/, noun
  • non·am·o·rous, adjective
  • non·am·o·rous·ly, adverb
  • non·am·o·rous·ness, noun
  • un·am·o·rous, adjective
  • un·am·o·rous·ly, adverb
  • un·am·o·rous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use amorous in a sentence

  • The slow-fly amorousness of the British working classes evidently does not suit the quicker blood of France.

    Another Sheaf | John Galsworthy
  • The spectacle of their passion will doubtless be a new one for me, and I shall give my amorousness a rest.

    Ancient Manners | Pierre Louys
  • He gazed down upon her with a mixture of amorousness and awe.

    The Job | Sinclair Lewis
  • The third characteristic of that vegetation is its marvellous amorousness.

    The Sea | Jules Michelet
  • I regret that I find nothing in the biographies which would explain Tieck's exquisite amorousness toward the moon.

    Sleep Walking and Moon Walking | Isidor Isaak Sadger

British Dictionary definitions for amorous


/ (ˈæmərəs) /

  1. inclined towards or displaying love or desire

  2. in love

  1. of or relating to love

Origin of amorous

C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin amōrōsus, from Latin amor love

Derived forms of amorous

  • amorously, adverb
  • amorousness, noun

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