Definition of lovable in US English:


(also loveable)


  • Inspiring or deserving love or affection.

    ‘a naughty but lovable child’
    ‘he has a lovable, sweet personality’
    • ‘A loveable and lively child he was described as a friendly and chatty little boy who always had a smile on his face.’
    • ‘She came back to Hampshire to live with her father, a lovable rogue who taught her how to get the things she wanted from life.’
    • ‘I was frustrated by his actions, one moment sweet and loveable, the next cold and harsh.’
    • ‘Before he could accept that someone else loved him, he had to believe that he was loveable himself.’
    • ‘The family described Gary as the life and soul of the family and a loveable rogue.’
    • ‘He is an extremely friendly, loveable dog, with a quiet nature.’
    • ‘He is a mixture of a genuine, loving and lovable personality, and a brilliant business mind.’
    • ‘This success was not, it has to be said, achieved through a loveable personality.’
    • ‘She'd never seem him look as sweet and lovable as he did then.’
    • ‘People who knew him, including his teachers, would describe him as a lovable, cheeky rogue.’
    • ‘This furry scrap of a creature was of course completely lovable and endearing, but only to people who like cats.’
    • ‘All children need love and praise to feel confident and loveable.’
    • ‘Paul was such a loveable character - a one-off who loved working with and riding horses.’
    • ‘From it, we emerge with an even greater respect and affection for the most loved and lovable poet of the last century.’
    • ‘A lovable rogue has been recognised for his bravery nearly 100 years after his death.’
    • ‘I loved him from the moment I saw him because he was so cute, sweet and loveable.’
    • ‘Christopher is compelling and loveable in his lack of guile, but I quickly found myself pitying him rather than seeing him as an equal.’
    • ‘What do you do with a dog that is so utterly naughty, vile and sneaky but otherwise loveable and cuddly?’
    • ‘He could also have won many more major tournaments but his lifestyle was against it - he was a loveable rogue, though.’
    • ‘Two lovable rogues are discussing a mutual acquaintance who has just been released from prison.’
    adorable, dear, sweet, cute, charming, darling, lovely, likeable, attractive, delightful, captivating, enchanting, engaging, bewitching, pleasing, appealing, winsome, winning, fetching, taking, endearing, cherished
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