One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
proper nounRoman Mythology
1The god of love. He is represented as a naked winged boy with a bow and arrows, with which he wounds his victims.Greek equivalent Eros
- 1.1as noun also cupid A representation of a naked winged child, typically carrying a bow.‘little cupids floated in roseate clouds’
- ‘I like you together and I think of my self as cupid since I did put you two together.’
- ‘Behind the couples, a cupid brings new arrivals, while under the trees at right, other couples sing to the accompaniment of a recorder or oboe.’
- ‘A guest at a ball, in conversation, repeats the pointing gesture of the cupid in the painting behind her.’
- ‘He led her to a painting of a naked cupid and Venus.’
- ‘It's a bit rich that you're the one to play cupid when your own love life seems to be non-existent.’
- 1.1as noun also cupid A representation of a naked winged child, typically carrying a bow.
Try to initiate a romantic relationship between two people.‘are you sure you want to play Cupid with these two?’
- ‘They try to play cupid to bring their friends together, and in the process, they fall in love.’
- ‘He knew when Mary found out she might be furious but like he said it was time someone played cupid.’
- ‘Are you sure you want to be playing Cupid with those two?’
- ‘They would never admit to anyone that they had played Cupid, but they were satisfied knowing that the two were good together.’
- ‘Another of her tasks is to play Cupid during the mating season.’
From Latin Cupido, personification of cupido ‘love, desire’, from cupere ‘to desire’.
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