Love"ly (?), a. [Compar. Lovelier (?); superl. Loveliest.] [AS. luflic.]


Having such an appearance as excites, or is fitted to excite, love; beautiful; charming; very pleasing in form, looks, tone, or manner.

"Lovely to look on." Piers Plowman.

Not one so fair of face, of speech so lovely. Robert of Brunne.

If I had such a tire, this face of mine Were full as lovely as is this of hers. Shak.


Lovable; amiable; having qualities of any kind which excite, or are fitted to excite, love or friendship.

A most lovely gentlemanlike man. Shak.


Loving; tender.

[Obs.] "A lovely kiss."


Many a lovely look on them he cast. Chaucer.


Very pleasing; -- applied loosely to almost anything which is not grand or merely pretty; as, a lovely view; a lovely valley; a lovely melody.

Indeed these fields Are lovely, lovelier not the Elysian lawns. Tennyson.

Syn. -- Beautiful; charming; delightful; delectable; enchanting; lovable; amiable.


© Webster 1913.

Love"ly, adv.

In a manner to please, or to excite love.

[Obs. or R.]



© Webster 1913.

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