Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the appearance or qualities of a dove; gentle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Mild as a dove; gentle; pure and lovable.

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  • adjective Similar to a dove.
  • adjective Similar to that of a dove; as, a dovelike wing, a dovelike glance, dovelike eyes.
  • adjective figuratively Peaceful; innocent; pacifist.
  • adverb In a manner similar to a dove; as, to "dovelike, sit brooding on the vast abyss" (Milton)
  • adverb archaic As much so as those of a dove; as, "Phoebe's eyes Dovelike mild" (Montanus)

Etymologies

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dove +‎ -like

Examples

  • Its name comes from a word meaning dovelike, because of its wing-shaped flower, and thus it becomes a botanical emblem of the Holy Ghost.

    A Handbook of Symbols in Christian Art

  • Its name comes from a word meaning dovelike, because of its wing-shaped flower, and thus it becomes a botanical emblem of the Holy Ghost.

    A Handbook of Symbols in Christian Art

  • Urrutia, nicknamed Juan Paloma ( "dovelike"), a wealthy and crusty old bachelor, and Antonio de Molinar, a poor peasant, and his wife.

    Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878

  • He spoke to the sailors, and at the first sound of his dovelike, cooing voice they paused to hear.

    THE SEED OF McCOY

  • "It's three o'clock," came McCoy's voice, still retaining its dovelike quality, but curiously muffled, as if from a long way off.

    THE SEED OF McCOY

  • “Soon,” said Vera, casting down her eyes, gone dovelike and demure as she tried not to appear hurt.

    My Sweet Audrina

  • “Soon,” said Vera, casting down her eyes, gone dovelike and demure as she tried not to appear hurt.

    My Sweet Audrina

  • “Soon,” said Vera, casting down her eyes, gone dovelike and demure as she tried not to appear hurt.

    My Sweet Audrina

  • “Soon,” said Vera, casting down her eyes, gone dovelike and demure as she tried not to appear hurt.

    My Sweet Audrina

  • Like her lover, the Shulammite has dovelike eyes and is associated with deer and gazelles.

    Shulammite: Bible.

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