smitten

Smitten means overwhelmed or struck by something, usually love. The way you light up every time the waiter comes over to your table, it’s obvious you’re smitten with him.

Smitten is related to the verb smite, which comes from the Old English smitan, meaning “to hit, strike, beat.” What do hitting and beating have to do with love, you may ask? Well, when some people fall in love they report feeling as though they've been "struck by lightning." Obviously those people have never actually been struck by lightning, because when you're struck by lightning you don't start saying things like, "Oh, you like the beach? Brad loves the beach!" and, "You have a cat? So does Brad!"

Definitions of smitten
  1. adjective
    (used in combination) affected by something overwhelming
    “conscience- smitten
    synonyms: stricken, struck
    affected
    acted upon; influenced
  2. adjective
    marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness
    synonyms: enamored, in love, infatuated, potty, soft on, taken with
    loving
    feeling or showing love and affection
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