Lover Lov"er (l[u^]v"[~e]r), n. 1. One who loves; one who is in love; -- usually limited, in the singular, to a person of the male sex. --Gower. [1913 Webster]

Love is blind, and lovers can not see The pretty follies that themselves commit. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A friend; one strongly attached to another; one who greatly desires the welfare of any person or thing; as, a lover of his country. [1913 Webster]

I slew my best lover for the good of Rome. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. One who has a strong liking for anything, as books, science, or music. ``A lover of knowledge.'' --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

4. One who is involved in a sexual relationship with another; as, she took a lover. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • lover — [ lɔve ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • 1678; bas all. lofen « tourner », même famille que lof 1 ♦ Mar. Ramasser en rond (un câble, un cordage). On love un cordage de gauche à droite. 2 ♦ Cour. SE LOVER v. pron. (1722) S enrouler sur soi même. Les… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Lover — may refer to: * sexual partner * Lover (Sophie Ellis Bextor song) * Lover (novel) is a novel by Bertha Harris. * Lover, Wiltshire is a village in Wiltshire (England) between Fordingbridge and Whiteparish. * Lover (clothing) is an Australian… …   Wikipedia

  • lover — early 13c., agent noun from LOVE (Cf. love) (v.). O.E. had lufend for male lovers, lufestre for women. Meaning one who has a predilection for (a thing, concept, pursuit, etc.) is mid 14c. As a form of address to a lover, from 1911. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lover — ► NOUN 1) a person having a sexual or romantic relationship with another. 2) a person who enjoys a specified thing: a music lover …   English terms dictionary

  • lover — [luv′ər] n. 1. a person who greatly enjoys something or has great affection for something [a lover of fine wine] 2. a person who loves sexually or romantically; specif., a) either partner in a sexual relationship of any kind b) either partner in… …   English World dictionary

  • Lover — Lo ver (l[=oo] v[ e]r), Lovery Lo ver*y (l[=oo] v[ e]r*[y^]), n. See {Louver}. [Obs.] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lover — Lover, Richard, so v.w. Lower …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • lover — [n] person having sexual relationship admirer, beau, beloved, boyfriend, companion, courter, darling, dear, dearest, escort, fiancé, fiancée, flame, girlfriend, idolizer, inamorata, inamorato, infatuate, Juliet*, paramour, petitioner, Romeo*,… …   New thesaurus

  • lover */*/ — UK [ˈlʌvə(r)] / US [ˈlʌvər] noun [countable] Word forms lover : singular lover plural lovers 1) someone who is in a loving or sexual relationship with another person She gazed into the eyes of her lover. young lovers: Romeo and Juliet,… …   English dictionary

  • lover — n. 1) to take a lover 2) to jilt a lover 3) an impetuous; lousy (colloq.) lover * * * [ lʌvə] lousy (colloq.) lover an impetuous to jilt a lover to take a lover …   Combinatory dictionary

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