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(14th century) From Old French amoros, amoreus, from Medieval Latin amōrōsus, from Latin amor (love), related to Latin amāre (to love). Compare French amoureux (in love).


amorous (comparative more amorous, superlative most amorous)

  1. Inclined or having a propensity to love, or to sexual enjoyment
    an amorous disposition.
    We were both feeling amorous so the inevitable happened.
  2. Indicating love or sexual desire.
    She kept making these amorous suggestions.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 5, The Younger Set[1]:
      Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume ; … ; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  3. Of or relating to, or produced by, love.
    She read me an amorous poem.
  4. (dated) Affected with love; in love; enamored.
    He had been amorous of her since schooldays.


(inclined or having a propensity to love): loving; fond; affectionate

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