loving

Someone loving is affectionate and caring. Your loving grandmother might be your favorite grandparent because she clearly adores you.

You can be a loving sister or a loving babysitter, and you can also describe kind things you do as loving, like the loving hug you give your sad friend or your uncle's loving gesture of sending your aunt flowers on her birthday. The adjective loving comes from the Old English lufian, "to love or approve," from the root lufu, "love, affection, or friendliness."

Definitions of loving
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adj feeling or showing love and affection

loving parents”
loving glances”
Synonyms:
attached, committed
associated in an exclusive sexual relationship
lovable, loveable
having characteristics that attract love or affection
adoring, doting, fond
extravagantly or foolishly loving and indulgent
affectionate, fond, lovesome, tender, warm
having or displaying warmth or affection
amative, amorous
inclined toward or displaying love
amatory, amorous, romantic
expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance
attached
fond and affectionate
captivated, charmed
strongly attracted
enamored, in love, infatuated, potty, smitten, soft on, taken with
marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness
idolatrous
blindly or excessively devoted or adoring
loverlike, loverly
like or in the manner of a lover
overfond
excessively fond
tenderhearted
easily moved to love
touchy-feely
(often derogatory) openly expressing love and affection (especially through physical contact)
uxorious
foolishly fond of or submissive to your wife
passionate
having or expressing strong emotions
warmhearted
marked by warmth of feeling like kindness and sympathy and generosity
Antonyms:
unloving
not giving or reciprocating affection
loveless
without love
detached, unaffectionate, uncaring
lacking affection or warm feeling
unromantic
neither expressive of nor exciting sexual love or romance
coldhearted
lacking in sympathy or feeling
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