8 (my) love British English spoken informala)
a word used when you are talking to someone you love SYN darling
‘Hello, love,’ said her father.
a friendly way of talking to someone who you do not know, especially to a woman or child. Many women consider this to be impolite or offensive :
What’s your name, love?
used when speaking to someone you love :
Look, darling, there’s Mary.
2 [ countable ]
someone who is very nice :
You really are a darling, Barney.
2 spoken informal a word for an attractive young woman
3 spoken informal a way of speaking to a young woman, often considered offensive
4 spoken a way of speaking to someone you love, especially your wife or husband
5 woman spoken
used to address someone that you love :
Relax, baby – we’re on holiday.
b) not polite used to address a young woman that you do not know