List of Romantic Words & Sweet Ways to Describe Someone

, Staff Writer
Updated January 25, 2021
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    couple crazy in love with each other
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Are you looking for just the right words to express how you feel? Perhaps a simple “I love you” doesn’t carry enough weight and you need to dress it up a little. Fear not! Help is on the way! Browse lists of romantic words to describe someone you love, along with a few phrases that just might spark the proverbial fires.

Romantic Words List

There’s no denying the weight of the three most romantic words, "I love you." But, if you’re looking to write a letter with a tad more creativity, here are some other romantic words for you to consider:

  • adorable
  • amazing
  • angel
  • beau
  • beautiful
  • beloved
  • better half
  • bewitching
  • crazy for you
  • darling
  • dearest
  • enchanting
  • enthralling
  • friend and lover
  • gorgeous
  • handsome
  • heavenly
  • intoxicating
  • life-changing
  • main squeeze
  • my everything
  • paramour
  • sweetheart
  • swoon
  • wonderful

Romantic Action Words

How about a list of action words? Many, though not all, of the words below can be substituted for the verb “love” in “I love you.” Perhaps you can use a few of these words to describe the way you feel.

  • adore
  • admire
  • beguile
  • care
  • caress
  • cherish
  • choose
  • court
  • cuddle
  • daydream
  • embrace
  • entice
  • delight
  • fantasize
  • immortalize
  • mesmerize
  • need
  • overture
  • prize
  • treasure
  • value
  • want
  • woo
  • worship
  • yearn

Synonyms for Romance/Romantic

Using words that mean basically the same thing as romance or romantic can be another great option when you're searching for words to describe someone you love.

  • adoration
  • amorous
  • ardent
  • chivalrous
  • courtship
  • dalliance
  • devotion
  • doting
  • dreamy
  • enamored
  • fancy
  • fairy-tale
  • fanciful
  • goo goo
  • impassioned
  • infatuation
  • intimate
  • liaison
  • lovesick
  • lovey-dovey
  • passionate
  • reverence
  • sensual
  • starry-eyed
  • tender

Romantic Nicknames

A romantic nickname can be a great way to use words to describe someone you love.

  • babe
  • baby
  • baby doll
  • babycakes
  • bae
  • better half
  • boo
  • buttercup
  • cupcake
  • cutie
  • darling
  • honey
  • keeper of my heart
  • light of my life
  • lover
  • my love
  • my sweet
  • prince charming
  • princess
  • pumpkin
  • snuggle bunny
  • sugar
  • sunshine
  • sweetie
  • sweetness

Saying I Love You

Another way to tell someone "I love you" is to say it in another language.

  • French - je t'aime (zhu t-ehm) or je t'adore (zhu tah-dor)
  • Greek - s'agapo (sa-ga-pó)
  • Italian - ti amo (te a-mo)
  • Hawaiian - aloha Au Ia 'oe (Aloha wau iā-oe)
  • Russian - ya lyublyu tebya (ya tee-BYAH lyoo-BLYOO)
  • Spanish - te amo (tay-ah-mo) or te quiero (tay key-aero)

List of Romantic Sayings and Quotes

Along with this list of romantic words, it might also help to have some romantic quotes or sayings by your side.

  • "Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." - Aristotle
  • "If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever." - Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • You hold the key to my heart.
  • My love for you is unconditional and eternal.
  • You make my heart skip a beat.
  • Last night I looked up into the stars and matched each one with a reason why I love you. I was doing great until I ran out of stars.

Love Is in the Air

Sometimes you need more than a list of romantic words to be romantic. After all, actions speak louder than words. However, in the realm of love, a few sweet words never did any harm. Before you start crafting the one-liner to end all one-liners, take a look at expressions of love in words. From there, review these short and sweet love poems for inspiration. Happy romancing!