lovely - definition and synonyms


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  1. 2
    enjoyable, or pleasant

    We’ve had a lovely evening.

    What a lovely surprise!

    it’s lovely to do something:

    It’s lovely to see you again.

    it’s lovely doing something:

    It’s lovely living so close to the sea.

    1. a.
      informal used for saying you are pleased about something

      Can I borrow your pen? Lovely, thanks.

      Just put it there. That’s lovely.

      ‘We’ll see you later.’ ‘Lovely.’

    2. b.
      used about something that you are annoyed about

      Oh, lovely! Dirt all over the floor!

  2. 3
    kind, pleasant, and easy to like

    He’s a lovely little boy.

    1. a.
      used about kind things that people do

      She wrote me a lovely letter when my grandfather died.

      It was lovely of her to offer to help.

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noun [uncountable]