Definition of luvvie in US English:


(also luvvy)

nounPlural luvvies

informal, derogatory
  • An actor or actress, especially one who is particularly effusive or affected.

    ‘everyone is singing his praises—from the luvvies at Cannes to various political figures in the US’
    • ‘Bertie was instead to be found living it up with the luvvies at a book bash in the Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar.’
    • ‘He whispers the word ‘artist’ almost shamefully, with the accent of a theatrical luvvie.’
    • ‘But I suspect he is just a luvvy, like everyone else.’
    • ‘The luvvies hate me but now people are beginning to see that perhaps I had a point.’
    • ‘As might be expected in the age of New Labour, the image of the 21 st-century Dome as a citadel of shampoo and long legs has its attractions for luvvies and policymakers.’
    • ‘Bath is a magnet for celebrities, literary sorts and luvvies.’
    • ‘Great to see he stayed close to his roots and didn't make the transition to Chelsea to hobnob with the celebrities, luvvies and Tory adulterers.’
    • ‘As it's near the theatre, luvvies tend to pack in around performances - which sometimes spill into the bar!’
    • ‘We went to Joe Allen for dinner (theatre luvvies hangout) and then to Drury Lane to see The Producers.’
    • ‘Of course, the on-stage luvvies and their well-heeled fans who populate the grand city centre theatres won't be going near the place.’
    • ‘If you're a fan of the theatre, don't mind luvvies being luvvies and enjoy an elongated version of a Sunday night period melodrama, with an abundance of tomfoolery, then this should tickle your fancy.’
    • ‘Other sports must envy the social mix that pétanque attracts, because the game lures people from all walks of life, not just luvvies.’
    • ‘Were he to live in Islington and write about metropolitan media luvvies, Greig would be a literary superstar.’
    • ‘When you consider he works in an industry known for its excess of pretentious luvvies and supercilious fashion junkies, his down-to-earth nature is surprising.’
    • ‘A university drama department full of luvvies was hardly a challenging environment, and neither is the BBC (God bless Auntie, and all who sail in her).’
    • ‘That's the message from the arts world, and Downing Street must judge whether it's just a few jumpy luvvies or the revealing response of people whose job is to anticipate and satisfy the public's mood.’
    • ‘But I do find the above poem to be quite appropriate, being a bit of a theatre luvvie, temperamental writer and general drama queen myself.’
    • ‘Yes indeed, the 2003 Tony's (US Theatre awards) were a wall-to-wall luvvy luv-fest.’
    • ‘It's hard to imagine anybody less like a media luvvie than Burt, though a series of dramas worthy of television has led Burt to one of the toughest jobs in British broadcasting.’
    actor, actress, film actor, film actress, leading man, leading woman, leading lady, lead, principal, performer, starlet
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