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Kingsley, 1922–95, English novelist.
a friend, especially a male friend.
a boyfriend or male lover.
Contemporary Examples

And, to be fair, his critics might have a point that Amis the author can be tricky to separate from the characters in his books.
England’s Punching Bag: Martin Amis Olivia Cole February 12, 2010

Amis was a multimillionaire literary superstar, “the most influential writer of his generation” as he put it.
How Will Hitchens Be Remembered? Jason Cowley December 15, 2011

“There have been very significant Jews in my life,” Amis recently said.
How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil In My House Peter Foges September 27, 2014

Tait seems to insinuate for all media that it would be better if Amis never came back.
In Defense of Martin Amis’ ‘Lionel Asbo’ Liam Hoare August 20, 2012

Amis once wrote of his first encounter with Saul Bellow on an assignment as a journalist.
England’s Punching Bag: Martin Amis Olivia Cole February 12, 2010

Historical Examples

It was indeed; and I have often wondered, but in vain, what could be the source of Amis affection for a person he had never seen.
Paul and His Dog, v.2 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIV) Charles Paul de Kock

Roland will serve as a sample of the earliest, Amis et Amiles of the second.
A Short History of French Literature George Saintsbury

She went at once to Winchester and sent for the wife of Mr. Amis, who had married her.
Historic Oddities Sabine Baring-Gould

Doncques, si le mourt a quelques prouisions, il faut qu’il en face Tabagie tous ses parents, & Amis.
The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, Vol. III: Acadia, 1611-1616 Various

Meanwhile Honorine looked all about, for Amis presence ordinarily announced his masters coming.
Paul and His Dog, v.2 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIV) Charles Paul de Kock

Sir Kingsley. 1922–95, British novelist and poet, noted for his novels Lucky Jim (1954), Jake’s Thing (1978), Stanley and the Women (1984), The Old Devils (1986), and The Folks that Live on the Hill (1990)
his son, Martin. born 1949, British novelist. His works include The Rachel Papers (1974), Money (1984), London Fields (1989), The Information (1994),Yellow Dog (2003), and Lionel Asbo: State of England (2012)
a male friend

14c., “friend lover,” from Old French amy, ami (see Amy).
acute myocardial infarction


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