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

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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Examples from the Web for non-loving

Historical Examples of non-loving

  • A non-loving Universal Thought was too monstrous a concept to entertain.

  • To overcome the inertia of non-loving is not so difficult as to stop the backward motion and turn it into forward.

    H. R.

    Edwin Lefevre

British Dictionary definitions for non-loving



feeling, showing, or indicating love and affection
Derived Formslovingly, adverblovingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-loving


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with non-loving


see tender loving care.

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