Definition of affable in English:



  • Friendly, good-natured, or easy to talk to.

    ‘an affable and agreeable companion’
    • ‘Pauline was a pleasant, affable and popular lady who was greatly liked throughout the community.’
    • ‘He is too affable, too open, too ready to volunteer a view on issues that worry or interest him.’
    • ‘Out of it, Alex should retain his very affable and amiable nature.’
    • ‘I know the Irish were traditionally keen on the idea of themselves as affable, sociable sorts.’
    • ‘Usually Eddington is the most affable of colleagues, friendly and very approachable.’
    • ‘I wasn't intimidated at all, I think because he's so warm and affable and such a generous actor.’
    • ‘He was a charming, affable man who, it was said, defeated his enemies without making any.’
    • ‘He is an affable man, easy to talk to, to sit down with, to rap about policy or just chat shop.’
    • ‘Johnny had a warm and affable personality and was renowned as a hard worker.’
    • ‘I have met him several times and find him an affable and friendly person, and a joy to talk politics with.’
    • ‘As it is, you couldn't wish to meet a more pleasant and affable young man.’
    • ‘He seems like a very affable, approachable fellow who thoroughly enjoys making movies.’
    • ‘It was easy to imagine a scene in that affable pub on any night, the slagging, the fun.’
    • ‘Most obliging and affable we wish him a good finish to the handballing year.’
    • ‘Greece's affable, easy-going ways have long made it a favourite with families.’
    • ‘Everyone seemed very pleasant and affable and there wasn't too much in the way of pontificating.’
    • ‘On-line customers will be able to fully interact with the affable Alex as if talking to another person.’
    • ‘Listen to their concerns, Mr President, and be your affable, charming self.’
    • ‘Many years ago a very affable councillor approached me to script an election leaflet for him.’
    • ‘As a player, he was known as much for his toughness and will as he was for his affable personality.’
    friendly, amiable, genial, congenial, cordial, warm, pleasant, pleasing, nice, likeable, personable, charming, agreeable, sympathetic, benevolent, benign, good-humoured, good-natured, kindly, kind, courteous, civil, gracious, approachable, accessible, amenable, sociable, outgoing, gregarious, convivial, jovial, clubbable, comradely, neighbourly, welcoming, hospitable, obliging, easy-going, informal, open, communicative, unreserved, uninhibited, natural, relaxed, easy
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin affabilis, from the verb affari, from ad- ‘to’ + fari ‘speak’.