Meaning of “cupboard love” in the English Dictionary


"cupboard love" in English

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cupboard lovenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkʌb.əd ˌlʌv/ us /ˈkʌb.ɚd ˌlʌv/ UK

Examples from literature

  • He wants love, not gifts, from his people, a love which on their part does not fawn for other gifts from him in return, like the cupboard love of kittens purring for cream. 
  • Not that there was any cupboard love in his little sweet—she was a bundle of affection. 
  • Perhaps my enthusiasm for California sounds a little like cupboard love. 
  • Then, with the rather bitter cynicism of the old, he wondered for a second whether it was not cupboard love which made Irene put up with him. 

(Definition of “cupboard love” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)