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

Rhymes with AFFABLE


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