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Lovesome \Love"some\, a. [AS. lufsum.] Lovely. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English lufsum "worthy of love," from love (v.) + -some (1). Early 13c. as "lovely," 1720 as "amorous." An old word that might be useful in its original sense. Related: Lovesomely; lovesomeness.


a. 1 worthy of love; having qualities that inspire love; lovable. 2 Lovable on account of beauty; lovely; beautiful; winsome. 3 loving; manifesting love or affection; affectionate; friendly. 4 amorous; romantic.


adj. having or displaying warmth or affection; "affectionate children"; "caring parents"; "a fond embrace"; "fond of his nephew"; "a tender glance"; "a warm embrace" [syn: affectionate, caring, fond, tender, warm]

Usage examples of "lovesome".

And here I sat down to listen to the morning concert, and I saw, cut or carved upon the table, this verse, which so pleased me that I copied it in my book: A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!

From the edge of the rich, flowery fields on which I trod to the midway sides of the snowy Olympus, the ground could only here and there show an abrupt crag, or a high straggling ridge that up-shouldered itself from out of the wilderness of myrtles, and of the thousand bright-leaved shrubs that twined their arms together in lovesome tangles.

On her stow he ere was living with dear wife and lovesome daughter that then over land and seafloor nine years had long outwandered.

Of lovesome thought and passion-hearted rhyme, Builded of gold and kisses and desire, By that wild poet who so many a time Our hungering lips have blessed, until a fire Burnt speech up and the wordless hour had come.

She was no mere girl, she told herself, to fawn over a lovesome face, but something about the man truly had caught her attention and she considered him more than she should, wondered what he thought both of her and her court.

Her fragrant hair tickled his face as he strayed slow kisses there and caressed the lovesome geography of her, the flat, solid muscles in her back, the flesh of her nape under its wanning hair-cover.