Definition of lovely in English:

lovely

adjectiveloveliest, lovelier

  • 1Very beautiful or attractive.

    ‘lovely views’
    ‘she looked lovely’
    • ‘It's in a fantastic location on the coast, with sea-views out of one side, and views over a lovely lake from the other.’
    • ‘I was working with a really lovely girl who I get on with really well.’
    • ‘It may not be four star like the one in Berlin, but it's a great deal nicer with a lovely view over the lake at breakfast.’
    • ‘Many lovely images were produced and participants were delighted with their craft work.’
    • ‘The rooms are all comfortable, with lovely views out over Perthshire and down to the loch that gives the hotel its name.’
    • ‘We have indulged in some mountain biking and hiking here which is always rewarded with lovely views.’
    • ‘Out back there was a lovely big garden with an orchard and a greenhouse.’
    • ‘He could see that Carmen had indeed been quite lovely a couple decades earlier.’
    • ‘My, don't you look absolutely lovely in that dress.’
    • ‘Even when she was sick, Hector decided she looked quite lovely.’
    • ‘This addition to the lake will add much to the area and will attract more people to view its lovely scenery.’
    • ‘Now he had a very lovely lady on his arm.’
    • ‘Emma is a really lovely girl, always smiling.’
    • ‘However, I will often look at an article that my lovely wife recommends.’
    • ‘The cabins were located on the side of hill with lots of deck room, clean amenities inside and lovely views.’
    • ‘The building looks lovely at the moment.’
    • ‘The sun had set, and the sky was that lovely shade of blue between twilight and true night.’
    • ‘And there it is, lovely to behold.’
    • ‘She realised that now, confronted with this vast expanse of lovely, beautiful space.’
    • ‘He had taken a lovely, sweet, beautiful girl and hurt her terribly, all in the name of revenge.’
    beautiful, pretty, as pretty as a picture, attractive, good-looking, appealing, handsome, adorable, exquisite, sweet, personable, charming
    scenic, picturesque, pleasing, easy on the eye
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    1. 1.1informal Very pleasant or enjoyable; delightful.
      ‘we've had a lovely day’
      ‘how lovely to see you!’
      • ‘Her eyes squint and her lips pulse making her laugh even more lovely to hear.’
      • ‘Plus, his shirt was nice and warm, like flannel, and it smelled lovely.’
      • ‘He's always telling me how lovely Paris is and how it hardly ever rains there.’
      • ‘I admit to having a crush on him - he has the most gorgeous brown eyes, a wonderful smile and a lovely sense of humour.’
      • ‘They were eating mangoes, which smelled lovely, and I said as much.’
      • ‘The weather was lovely and an enjoyable time was had by all who participated.’
      • ‘It fit the bill perfectly and we had a lovely evening with wonderful food.’
      • ‘I had a lovely evening with some tasty food, delicious wine and entertaining company.’
      • ‘I'm going to see him, and some other lovely people, and I'm really very excited.’
      • ‘Despite all this, the cookies tasted lovely.’
      • ‘Those who made the effort to come along enjoyed a lovely meal and an enjoyable night.’
      • ‘I especially enjoyed the train trip and the company of lovely people in the group.’
      • ‘There is nothing more enjoyable than playing on a well-kept grass court on a lovely day.’
      • ‘I watch their shows and they don't do anything to suggest that they're anything other than lovely people.’
      • ‘She's lovely in person, but her speeches are a bit boring if you ask me.’
      • ‘When I rang a few days later she was having a lovely time, marvelling particularly about the scenery.’
      • ‘Night fell swiftly and the moon smiled upon the plantation that lovely August evening.’
      • ‘Friday was a lovely day, and this route seemed so pleasant that I though it would be nice to walk into town this way on Saturday.’
      • ‘This was a very enjoyable experience for the choir and a lovely way to start Christmas Week.’
      • ‘Again this sounds absolutely lovely, but who would end up paying for it in practice?’
      delightful, very pleasant, very nice, very agreeable, marvellous, wonderful, sublime, superb, fine, magical, enchanting, captivating
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nounPlural lovelies

informal
  • 1An attractive woman or girl.

    ‘a bevy of lovelies’
    • ‘The three lovelies were bereft of canteen, maps, sleeping gear, and even food, as they trudged into God's country with only their beauty and their image to protect them.’
    • ‘Sinuous and scented lovelies shimmered about.’
    • ‘Backed by besuited lovelies Ferry next sang the suitably raunchy ‘Can't Let Go’.’
    • ‘The only difference was he had a legion of lovelies in tow, who spoke in hushed tones of Simon being ‘quietly confident’.’
    • ‘I lived in Southampton for years and that was wall-to-wall lovelies.’
    • ‘Perhaps they are perturbed by reports of young people recklessly taking the day off work to join The Sun's bikini-clad lovelies on beaches around the country.’
    • ‘And the 26-year-old soon had a stream of scantily-clad lovelies vying for his attention.’
    • ‘The luscious lovelies were to play a pivotal role in the ensuing drama.’
    • ‘I called over the girl that was hovering around, protecting all the lovelies in that corner of the room.’
    • ‘At a recent party at the Playboy mansion, rather than chatting up the busty lovelies, he spent the whole evening talking to his idol, a San Francisco Giants baseball player.’
    • ‘Will the tiara that has graced Sligo's lovelies for 14 years be made redundant with a new one from this year's organisers taking its place?’
    • ‘Conway is busy wrestling with the amorous attentions of a couple of lovelies.’
    • ‘And there were more than a few of those lovelies gathered to honor the designer.’
    • ‘It doesn't contain any bug-eyed monsters, bearded Zen masters or bouffanted, Lycra-clad lovelies.’
    • ‘Even odder than the choice of sci-fi lovelies is the choice of episodes.’
    • ‘This is the place to spot the label-clad lovelies sipping their brandy sours, often accompanied by half of the racing drivers on the Formula One circuit.’
    • ‘He has saved the world from nuclear destruction and chemical warfare, bedded an endless stream of lovelies and made himself Scotland's best known cinematic export.’
    • ‘He was with 10 friends who were all eyeing a succession of naked lovelies when one girl approached the celebrity and suggested they drink some shots together.’
    • ‘I've taken up going to the gym on a regular basis, and not just to stare at the nubile lovelies.’
    • ‘Surrounded by so many young lovelies (I have often wondered if there are any girls over 25 in Pattaya), how can we compete?’
    beautiful woman, belle, vision, charmer, enchantress, venus, goddess, beauty queen, english rose, picture, seductress
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    1. 1.1 Used as an affectionate form of address.
      ‘don't worry, my lovely’
      • ‘So, until I'm back my lovelies, until Tuesday when I'm sat at my desk, tired, flat and wishing I'd finished the marketing flier before I'd left, until then have a lovely, lovely weekend.’
      • ‘Oh, my lovelies, if only I could talk about my job.’
      • ‘‘Hello lovelies,’ croons Carrie into the shop window, addressing a perfect pair of pink and green shoes.’
      • ‘I'll try and post again tomorrow my lovelies, but things are absolutely hectic in work so at the moment, so you never know…’

Phrases

  • lovely jubbly

    • informal Used to express delight or approval.

      ‘fish and chips and a few beers on the way back from a match—lovely jubbly!’
      • ‘He reckons the pure spring water he's discovered on his land is lovely jubbly.’
      • ‘So, I say… good for them… jolly good show old chap etc… lovely jubbly… bring it on.’
      • ‘Swindonians will have a lovely jubbly time tomorrow when the town plays host to the stars of Only Fools and Horses.’
      • ‘I can see it now someone who did the same thing 30 years before would have to let them in and pay extra taxes for the too. Lovely Jubbly!’
      • ‘Anna and Jess wandered up, and got interviewed too! Lovely jubbly.’
      • ‘As part of a bag approaching one hundred pounds Val had two Crucians weighing three twelve and four pound exactly, lovely jubbly!’

Origin

Old English luflic (see love, -ly).

Pronunciation

lovely

/ˈlʌvli/