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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.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter V, The Younger Set:
      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.
  2. Indicating love or sexual desire.
    She kept making these amorous suggestions.
  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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