cupboard love

  1. a personal attachment that appears to be motivated by love but in fact stems from the hope of gain.

Origin of cupboard love

First recorded in 1750–60

Other words from cupboard love

  • cupboard lover, noun

Words Nearby cupboard love Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cupboard love in a sentence

  • There's cupboard-love, at any rate; but never mind, let's go and listen to this opera.

    Sarah's School Friend | May Baldwin
  • The commissariat at home is too good to justify any suspicion of this ignoble sort of cupboard love.

  • He has a cupboard love for Sarah, but I think that his affection for me is simon-pure.

    Mavis of Green Hill | Faith Baldwin
  • "It's cupboard love as brings you out so sharp," he said, his voice resounding in the cold darkness.

    The Rainbow | D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • Perhaps my enthusiasm for California sounds a little like cupboard love.

    The Smiling Hill-Top | Julia M. Sloane

British Dictionary definitions for cupboard love

cupboard love

  1. a show of love inspired only by some selfish or greedy motive

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