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Webster 1913 Edition


Lover

Lov′er

(lŭv′ẽr)
,
Noun.
1.
One who loves; one who is in love; – usually limited, in the singular, to a person of the male sex.
Gower.
Love is blind, and
lovers
can not see
The pretty follies that themselves commit.
Shakespeare
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
.
I slew my best
lover
for the good of Rome.
Shakespeare
3.
One who has a strong liking for anything, as books, science, or music.
“A lover of knowledge.”
T. Burnet.

Webster 1828 Edition


Lover

LOV'ER

, n.
1.
One who loves; one who has a tender affection, particularly for a female.
Love is blind, and lovers cannot see -
2.
A friend; one who regards with kindness.
Your brother and his lover have embraced.
3.
One who likes or is pleased with any thing; as a lover of books or of science; a lover of wine; a lover of religion.
Lover and loover. [See Louver.]

Definition 2022


lover

lover

See also: løver

English

Alternative forms

  • lovyer (dialectal or obsolete)

Noun

lover (plural lovers)

  1. One who loves and cares for another person in a romantic way; a sweetheart, love, soulmate, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
    • Shakespeare
      Love is blind, and lovers cannot see / The pretty follies that themselves commit.
  2. A sexual partner.
  3. A person who loves something.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 18,
      But tho' a conscientious disciplinarian, he was no lover of authority for mere authority's sake.
    a lover of fine wines
    a lover of his country
  4. (West Country, with "my") An informal term of address for any friend.
    All right, me lover?

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Dutch

Pronunciation

Etymology

From Middle Dutch lover, originally the plural of loof. As with other words with plurals in -er, eventually this was substituted with -eren, creating loveren. This new plural was then reanalysed as a separate noun and a new singular form lover was back-formed from it.

Noun

lover n (plural lovers, diminutive lovertje n)

  1. foliage

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French

Etymology

A 17th century borrowing from North Sea Germanic language verb "lofen, lufen". The 1986 Dictionnaire de l'Académie française identifies the source as Low German (Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German); Jan de Vries' Nederlands Etymologisch Woordenboek (which identifies it as a possible cognate of Dutch leuver) suggests East Frisian instead.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /lɔve/

Verb

lover

  1. to coil (a rope or cord)
  2. (reflexive, of a snake) to coil up, wind up; to curl up

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Middle English

Noun

lover (plural lovers)

  1. lover

Norwegian Bokmål

Noun

lover m

  1. indefinite plural of lov

Verb

lover

  1. present tense of love

Norwegian Nynorsk

Alternative forms

Noun

lover m, f

  1. indefinite feminine plural of lov