lovey

[luhv-ee]
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noun Chiefly British Informal.

sweetheart; dear: used as a term of endearment.

Nearby words

  1. lovers' lane,
  2. loves park,
  3. lovesick,
  4. lovesome,
  5. lovestruck,
  6. lovey-dovey,
  7. loving,
  8. loving cup,
  9. loving-kindness,
  10. lovingest

Origin of lovey

First recorded in 1725–35; love + -ey2

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British Dictionary definitions for lovey

lovey

noun

British informal another word for love (def. 11)
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Word Origin and History for lovey

lovey

affectionate pet name, 1731, from love (n.) + -y (3). Extended form lovey-dovey attested from 1819 (n.), 1847 (adj.).

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