Definition of endearment in English:

endearment

noun

  • 1A word or phrase expressing love or affection.

    ‘she was whispering endearments and repeatedly kissing him’
    • ‘The remainder of your holiday is filled with romantic walks on unspoilt beaches and whispered endearments you only half understand.’
    • ‘He speaks with a light drawl - he was born in Lubbock, Tex. - and he seems to mean it when he drops endearments like ‘hon.’’
    • ‘He grinned wickedly, holding my hands in his, whispering French endearments into my ear.’
    • ‘The endearments were repeated endlessly, carried away by the desert breeze.’
    • ‘There was dark hair spilling over her shoulder, a soft voice whispering endearments in her ear.’
    • ‘He seemed content just to spend every waking minute with me, cuddling me to his chest, hugging me and whispering endearments in my ears.’
    • ‘‘Thank you,’ Snow smiled as they watched the happy couple murmur loving endearments to each other.’
    • ‘My mother never addressed me with lovely endearments unless she was putting on a show for someone.’
    • ‘It was here a young couple walked hand in hand, whispering sweet endearments to each other.’
    • ‘She whispered little endearments to Rebecca, and brushed stray hairs from her forehead.’
    • ‘When I was growing up, my relations had a whole range of bizarre endearments for me, depending on circumstance and geography.’
    • ‘It was the best he could give me because he couldn't feel what I felt, couldn't return the endearments or the love.’
    • ‘The slow movement has effortless grace, so gentle in its seduction and courtly in guise that one imagines two dancing figures lovingly expressing endearments.’
    • ‘His last words to me were endearments and affirmations of how much I meant to him and how important it was for me to be in his life.’
    • ‘What were the promises and endearments whispered to them?’
    sweet nothings, sweet words, sweet talk, affectionate talk, soft words
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    1. 1.1mass noun Love or affection.
      ‘a term of endearment’
      • ‘In the 70's, ‘boy’ ceased to be a term of endearment.’
      • ‘But I think it's just a term of endearment from the sports fans for a ground that they love.’
      • ‘Believe me, these are not terms of endearment on his part.’
      • ‘Old-fashioned terms of endearment rained down upon us: ‘Here are your pills, my love’, ‘Come on, sweetheart’.’
      • ‘I assume ‘cute as a bug's ear’ is an American or Tennessee-an term of endearment.’
      • ‘And speaking of terms of endearment, let's not forget those of the animal variety, too - chicken, kitten, possum, chickadee, dog.’
      • ‘Sister seems to have been a term of endearment, rather than an expression of a family relationship.’
      • ‘She also told me that she asked my friend Maranda if this common derogatory term could be used as a term of endearment.’
      • ‘You won't be surprised to learn that that is not a term of endearment.’
      • ‘I thought they had called me ‘currant’ and that it was a term of endearment.’
      • ‘Now the rather more earthy term of endearment used by her husband can be revealed - she is Philip's ‘cabbage’.’
      • ‘Sometimes it will be a term of endearment, sometimes a term of abuse.’
      • ‘If I sought to find a new term of endearment for my wife, I do not think I would be well advised to look to the vegetable rack for inspiration.’
      • ‘They claim that it is a term of endearment or affection.’
      affection, fondness, tenderness, feeling, sentiment, warmth, love, liking, care, regard, attachment
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Pronunciation

endearment

/ɪnˈdɪəm(ə)nt//ɛnˈdɪəm(ə)nt/