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From Middle English amorous, amerous (14th century), from Old French amoros, amoreus, from Medieval Latin amōrōsus, from Latin amor (“love”), related to amāre (“to love”). Compare French amoureux (“in love”).
- Inclined or having a propensity to love, or to sexual enjoyment.
- an amorous disposition
- We were both feeling amorous so the inevitable happened.
- Synonyms: loving, fond, affectionate
- 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “Afterglow”, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326, page 168:
- Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
- Indicating love or sexual desire.
- She kept making these amorous suggestions.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], part 1, 2nd edition, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, OCLC 932920499; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act III, scene ii:
- UUho when he ſhal embrace you in his arms
UUil tell how many thouſand men he ſlew.
And when you looke for amorous diſcourſe,
Will rattle foorth his facts of war and blood: […]
- 1929, Robert Dean Frisbee, The Book of Puka-Puka (republished by Eland, 2019; p. 218):
- There was no tune to it, only amorous gruntings like those of some old satyr who had furnished music for Circe's revels.
- Of or relating to, or produced by, love.
- She read me an amorous poem.
- (dated) Affected with love; in love; enamored.
- He had been amorous of her since schooldays.
inclined to love
indicating love or sexual desire
of or relating to, or produced by, love
affected with love