American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of endearing.
- n. An expression of affection, such as a caress.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being endeared; tender affection; love.
- n. Endearing action; a manifestation of affection; loving conduct; a caress, or the like.
- n. affection
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of endearing or the state of being endeared; also, that which manifests, excites, or increases, affection.
- n. the act of showing affection
“I've lost count of the number of times I've heard a BBC reporter make reference to "Stevie G", which might well be music to the ears of Scouse lovers, but to the rest of us this term endearment is vomit enducing.”
“Then send a text—with a term of endearment—that appears to be written to someone else.”
“Now geek is a term of endearment among acolytes of technology, imbued with golden marketing potential.”
““Fucking obese,” he'd say as if it was a term of endearment, as if it was expected of him.”
“The same word that's used as part of a vicious attack can sometimes be a term of endearment.”
“But maybe it sounds weird to your ears because you're a guy, and you call this part of your anatomy you "spare tire," "love handles" or another term of endearment.”
“Of course, never mind that African-Americans use it amongst themselves as a term of endearment, pero esa es una historia para un otro dia.”
“Just take a look at the snapshots of these two Bad Boys on KCRW.com, and then spend a few minutes browsing through their works -- all these sexy, smoky, tough but ultimately loving images of nude female figures -- and you will understand that, in their case, "Bad Boys" is a term of endearment.”
“Either Jesus didn't really mean it supposedly, the Greek word translated as 'dog' was a term of endearment, as in 'little dog' or 'puppy' or he was testing her faith.”
“English has no such suffix for a term of endearment.”
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