lik·​able ˈlī-kə-bəl How to pronounce likable (audio)
variants or likeable
: having qualities that bring about a favorable regard : pleasant, agreeable
the most likable character in the play
likability noun
likableness noun

Examples of likable in a Sentence

Detective Grant is the most likeable character in the novel. She seems like a friendly, likable young woman.
Recent Examples on the Web Saweetie’s likable personality and stunning looks have helped land deals companies Calvin Klein, Crocs, MAC Cosmetics, Pretty Little Thing and other brands. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 7 June 2024 Heartbroken, creative people, these characters are so incredibly likable in this film that has a sharp, brilliant screenplay, and stunning use of setting. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 6 June 2024 Dastmalchian’s Delroy, a Johnny Carson wannabe whose ratings are in the toilet and who hasn’t been the same since his beautiful actress wife died of cancer a year ago, possesses a smoothness that’s likable on TV and probably insufferable in person. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 19 Apr. 2024 While Trump is not a likable person and has many character flaws, electing a president is not a popularity contest like homecoming king and queen. Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 22 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for likable 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'likable.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1730, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of likable was in 1730

Dictionary Entries Near likable

Cite this Entry

“Likable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants or likeable
: easily liked
likableness noun
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!