[ fey-ver ]
/ ˈfeɪ vər /

noun, verb (used with object) Chiefly British.

Usage note

See -or1.

Definition for favours (2 of 2)


[ fey-ver ]
/ ˈfeɪ vər /


verb (used with object)

Also especially British, fa·vour.

Origin of favor

1250–1300; Middle English favo(u)r < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin favōr- (stem of favor) goodwill, equivalent to fav(ēre) to be favorably inclined + -ōr- -or1


2 Favor, goodwill imply a kindly regard or friendly disposition shown by an individual or group. Favor may be merely an attitude of mind: to look with favor on a proposal. Goodwill is more active and leads often to outward manifestations of friendly approval: By frequent applause the audience showed its goodwill toward the speaker.
5 present.
10 approve, countenance, sanction.
12 encourage, patronize.
15 help, assist.


Related forms

fa·vor·er, nouno·ver·fa·vor, verb (used with object)pre·fa·vor, noun, verb (used with object)un·fa·vor·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for favours

British Dictionary definitions for favours (1 of 2)


US favors

/ (ˈfeɪvəz) /

pl n

sexual intimacy, as when consented to by a woman

British Dictionary definitions for favours (2 of 2)


US favor

/ (ˈfeɪvə) /


verb (tr)

See also favours

Derived Forms

favourer or US favorer, nounfavouringly or US favoringly, adverb

Word Origin for favour

C14: from Latin, from favēre to protect
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Idioms and Phrases with favours


see curry favor; in favor of; in favor with; in one's favor; out of favor; return the compliment (favor).

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