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[luhv-lee] /ˈlʌv li/

adjective, lovelier, loveliest.
charmingly or exquisitely beautiful:
a lovely flower.
having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye, as a person or a face.
delightful; highly pleasing:
to have a lovely time.
of a great moral or spiritual beauty:
a lovely character.
noun, plural lovelies.
Informal. a beautiful woman, especially a show girl.
any person or thing that is pleasing, highly satisfying, or the like:
Every car in the new line is a lovely.
Nonstandard. very well; splendidly.
adjective -lier, -liest
very attractive or beautiful
highly pleasing or enjoyable: a lovely time
loving and attentive
inspiring love; lovable
noun (pl) -lies
(slang) a lovely woman

Old English luflic “affectionate, loveable;” see love (n.) + -ly (1). The modern sense of “lovable on account of beauty, attractive” is from c.1300, “applied indiscriminately to all pleasing material objects, from a piece of plum-cake to a Gothic cathedral” [George P. Marsh, “The Origin and History of the English Language,” 1862].


An attractive woman: where flabby lovelies in polka-dot bikinis lobbed beachballs around (1940s+)


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