lover (n.) Look up lover at
"one who is enamored, person in love," early 13c., agent noun from love (v.). Old English had lufend for male lovers, lufestre for women. Meaning "one who has a predilection for" (a thing, concept, pursuit, etc.) is mid-14c. As a form of address to a lover, from 1911. Related: Loverly (adj., 1875); loverless (1824). Lover's quarrel is from 1660s; lover's leap, usually involving a local crag and a fanciful story, is from 1831; Lover's Lane for a remote spot popular with lovers is from 1881.