Definitions

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  • adj. Worthy of love; having qualities that inspire love; lovable.
  • adj. Lovable on account of beauty; lovely; beautiful; winsome.
  • adj. Loving; manifesting love or affection; affectionate; friendly.
  • adj. Amorous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lovely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lovely; winsome.
  • Loving; manifesting love or affection.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or displaying warmth or affection

Etymologies

From Middle English lufsom, lufsum, from Old English lufsum ("loving, lovable, pleasant"), equivalent to love +‎ -some. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The latter was particularly meaningful: While introducing it, Mr. Heath pondered Strayhorn's clever linguistics in devising the word "Lovesome," but then, perversely, his treatment of the flower was anything but lovesome.

    Birthday Wishes, Halloween Dreams

  • Say, there was one real fine man theah, big an 'han'some, kinda like you, but not neah as lovesome.

    THE NUMBERS

  • Genuinely constructive criticism is a lovesome thing, God wot.

    Constructive criticism and a good weekend

  • Then they displayed her in the fourth bridal dress and she came forward shining like the rising sun and swaying to and fro with lovesome grace and supple ease like a gazelle-fawn.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • His Highness the King loveth thee and hath a daughter, a winsome lady and a lovesome, to whom he is minded to marry thee.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Thanks for sharing your pastry recipe as a perfect pastry is a lovesome thing!

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  • House under the Wood (as very seldom betid), and the witch-wife was speaking to her in friendly fashion (as for her) and blaming her for fleeing away, and was taunting her with the failure of her love, and therewith telling her how fair a man and lovesome was the

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • The old carle laughed outright now, and said: How so, dear child? because ladies so sweet and lovesome as thou be sent by love, and love rendeth apart that which was joined together.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Fairer and rounder shall be thine arms and thy shoulders when thou hast seen five more summers, yet scarce more lovesome, so strong and fine as now they are.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • And, forsooth, for as grievously as my heart was wrung by the yearning of me for my love, yet was it a joy unto me to think that he went there desiring me, and that whom he desired was not the poor wretched creature chained there in her nakedness, with her body spoiled by torment and misery, but the glad maiden whom he had so often called fair and lovesome.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

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