held in deep affection; cherished: loved companions; much-loved friends.

Origin of loved

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300
Related formsun·loved, adjectivewell-loved, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unloved

Contemporary Examples of unloved

Historical Examples of unloved

  • His love, come so quickly, so suddenly, to her had leavened the memory of her unloved years.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Unloved, uncared for, my early years presented but few pleasures.

  • She lavished all the pent-up affection of an unloved existence on her husband.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor

    W. Llewelyn Williams.

  • The child, unloved and uncared for by its selfish parents, had no bed in the house.


    Anatole France

  • Grievous indeed must be the fate of the lover who is unloved.

British Dictionary definitions for unloved



not loved or cared forfeeling neglected and unloved
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Word Origin and History for unloved

late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of love (v.).

He that can love unloved again,
Hath better store of love than brain
[Robert Ayton (1570-1638)]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper