lik·​able | \ ˈlī-kə-bəl How to pronounce likable (audio) \
variants: or likeable

Definition of likable

: having qualities that bring about a favorable regard : pleasant, agreeable the most likable character in the play

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Other Words from likable

likability \ ˌlī-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce likability (audio) \ 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.

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On Apple’s App Store, Bumble features a photo of a bespectacled man cuddling a goldendoodle to insinuate how likable that is. Terry Nguyen,, "People are posing with pets they don’t actually own in hopes of finding love on dating apps," 13 Aug. 2019 On Apple’s App Store, Bumble features a photo of a bespectacled man cuddling a goldendoodle to insinuate how likable that is. Terry Nguyen, Washington Post, "Dogfishing: When online daters pose with adorable pets that aren’t theirs," 12 Aug. 2019 Same way Charles Barkley—winner of zero NBA titles—probably gives his playing legacy a boost by being irresistibly likable in his 50s. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: What Should We Make of Another Nick Kyrgios Title?," 7 Aug. 2019 As the ringleader behind the male strippers, Brett McMahon is a likable enough goof-off. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘The Full Monty’: Fun can be enough | Review," 5 Aug. 2019 Having the male characters be likable is totally intentional, because all types of people do horrible things. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "‘Ripped,’ an unsettling play about sexual consent, returns to SF," 5 June 2019 Author Andrea Camilleri, creator of the best-selling Commissario Montalbano series about a likable, though oft-brooding small-town Sicilian police chief who mixes humanity with pragmatism to solve crimes, died in a Rome hospital Wednesday. Washington Post, "Camilleri, author of Montalbano detective series, dies at 93," 18 July 2019 Chicagoans would be treated to a likable, overachieving team and the game’s most innovative manager in Kevin Cash. Paul Sullivan,, "A modest proposal: Instead of Montreal, move the Rays to the South Side for half a season," 23 June 2019 The gender gap starts at childhood, when girls are taught to be likable, perfect and pleasing, while boys are encouraged to be strong, confident and brave. New York Times, "Harassment, Equality, Power: What Leaders Said at the New Rules Summit," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of likable

1730, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of likable

: easy to like : having pleasant or appealing qualities


variants: or likeable \ ˈlī-​kə-​bəl \

Kids Definition of likable

: having pleasant or attractive qualities : easily liked

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