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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.

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

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Related Words for amorousness

affection, fancy, romance, passion, fondness, lovingness

Examples from the Web for amorousness

Historical Examples of amorousness

  • He gazed down upon her with a mixture of amorousness and awe.

    The Job

    Sinclair Lewis

  • Her trouble was that thoughts and ambitions were in conflict with Gaga's amorousness.


    Frank Swinnerton

  • She did not love him, and the amorousness of the unloved is a bore.


    Frank Swinnerton

  • Men, when it came to her type of beauty, were a little too suggestive of their amorousness.

    The "Genius"

    Theodore Dreiser

  • As she would not endure the amorousness, irritability invariably resulted.

    Shadows of Flames

    Amelie Rives

British Dictionary definitions for amorousness


  1. inclined towards or displaying love or desire
  2. in love
  3. 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 amorousness



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper