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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A youthful transitory passion or affection, as opposed to a serious lasting attachment or love.

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Examples

  • He talked of calf-love, and said that Tom was a fool; but he had not at once thought it necessary to give imperative orders for

    Ayala's Angel

  • But somehow I can't see Granddad managing more than calf-love.

    A Traitor to Memory

  • He had matured beyond measure since his visit to Merryfield and his calf-love was fast turning into genuine, friendly affection.

    The Outrageous Dowager

  • He talked of calf-love, and said that Tom was a fool; but he had not at once thought it necessary to give imperative orders for Tom's return.

    Ayala's Angel

  • I would not like to have him come down with a severe case of calf-love for you, Ráfaga answered, a glittering light dancing in his eyes.

    Touch the Wind

  • But Ivan's nature was ridiculously intense; and calf-love had become, in his eyes, the most serious thing in life.

    The Genius

  • Perhaps, after all, it is rather pitiful that this calf-love, confidently derided by omniscient, sensible middle-age, should be so tender and so beautiful a thing.

    The Genius

  • The passion of the youth went to join the calf-love of the boy, and the man accomplished looked on them both with a half-humorous wonder.

    Despair's Last Journey

  • Virginia, and his opinion of "calf-love," as the English call an early attachment, and something about the right of every girl to know a suitor long before she consents to marry him.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • They're making calf-love somewhere now, exchanging cards and kisses, they're all fixed up in Sunday togs, and they are Sirs and Misses.

    Rippling Rhymes

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