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  1. feeling or showing love; warmly affectionate; fond: loving glances.
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Origin of loving

before 1000; Middle English lovyng; replacing Middle English lovende, Old English lufiende. See love, -ing2
Related formslov·ing·ly, adverblov·ing·ness, nounnon·lov·ing, adjectiveun·lov·ing, adjective
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Related Words for lovingly

warmly, passionately, respectfully, zealously, earnestly, reverently, longingly, affectionately, admiringly, fondly, generously, kindly, loyally, adoringly, appreciatively, ardently, attentively, considerately, devotedly, endearingly

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British Dictionary definitions for lovingly


  1. feeling, showing, or indicating love and affection
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Derived Formslovingly, adverblovingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovingly


late 14c., from loving + -ly (2).

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Old English lufenda (see love (v.)). Loving cup is attested from 1808. Lovingkindness was Coverdale's word.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with lovingly


see tender loving care.

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