adjective af·fa·ble \ˈa-fə-bəl\

: friendly and easy to talk to

Full Definition of AFFABLE

:  being pleasant and at ease in talking to others <an affable host>
:  characterized by ease and friendliness <an affable manner>
af·fa·bil·i·ty \ˌa-fə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
af·fa·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of AFFABLE

  1. a lively, affable young fellow
  2. <as the show's affable host, she keeps the freewheeling gabfest from getting out of hand>
  3. Bertie's a bright, affable fellow, but every little success he has feels cheapened in comparison with his dad's overpowering accomplishments. —Lev Grossman, Time, 7 Feb. 2005

Origin of AFFABLE

Middle English affabyl, from Anglo-French, from Latin affabilis, from affari to speak to, from ad- + fari to speak — more at ban
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of AFFABLE

gracious, cordial, affable, genial, sociable mean markedly pleasant and easy in social intercourse. gracious implies courtesy and kindly consideration <the gracious award winner thanked her colleagues>. cordial stresses warmth and heartiness <our host was cordial as he greeted us>. affable implies easy approachability and readiness to respond pleasantly to conversation or requests or proposals <though wealthy, she was affable to all>. genial stresses cheerfulness and even joviality <a genial companion with a ready quip>. sociable suggests a genuine liking for the companionship of others <sociable people who enjoy entertaining>.

Rhymes with AFFABLE

AFFABLE Defined for Kids


adjective af·fa·ble \ˈa-fə-bəl\

Definition of AFFABLE for Kids

:  friendly and easy to talk to <an affable talk show host>
af·fa·bly \-blē\ adverb


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