February 14th, 2008

word love

I noticed that the dictionary.com word of the day is themed today for Valentine’s Day, and so I decided to check back and see what the word was for the previous Valentine’s days. Turned out a nice crop of interesting words:

2000: Wheedle \HWEE-d’l; WEE-d’l\, transitive verb:

1. To entice by soft words or flattery; to coax.
2. To gain or get by flattery or guile.

intransitive verb:
1. To flatter; to use soft words.

2001: Billet-doux \bil-ay-DOO\, noun; plural billets-doux \bil-ay-DOO(Z)\:

A love letter or note.

2002: Philter philter \FIL-tur\, noun:

1. A potion or charm supposed to cause the person taking it to fall in love.
2. A potion or charm believed to have magic power.

transitive verb:
1. To enchant or bewitch with or as if with a magic potion or charm.

2003: Osculation \os-kyuh-LAY-shuhn\, noun:

The act of kissing; also: a kiss.

2004: Buss \BUS\, noun:

1. A kiss; a playful kiss; a smack.

transitive verb:
1. To kiss; especially to kiss with a smack.

2005: Inamorata \in-am-uh-RAH-tuh\, noun:

A woman whom one is in love with; a mistress.

2006: Spoony \SPOO-nee\, adjective:

1. Foolish; silly; excessively sentimental.
2. Foolishly or sentimentally in love.

2007: Beau ideal \boh-ay-DEEL\, noun;

plural beau ideals:
A perfect or an idealized type or model.

2008: Amative \AM-uh-tiv\, adjective:

Pertaining to or disposed to love, especially sexual love; full of love; amorous.


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