Definition of affable in US English:



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

    ‘an affable and agreeable companion’
    • ‘I wasn't intimidated at all, I think because he's so warm and affable and such a generous actor.’
    • ‘He is an affable man, easy to talk to, to sit down with, to rap about policy or just chat shop.’
    • ‘Listen to their concerns, Mr President, and be your affable, charming self.’
    • ‘Johnny had a warm and affable personality and was renowned as a hard worker.’
    • ‘Most obliging and affable we wish him a good finish to the handballing year.’
    • ‘It was easy to imagine a scene in that affable pub on any night, the slagging, the fun.’
    • ‘He was a charming, affable man who, it was said, defeated his enemies without making any.’
    • ‘Pauline was a pleasant, affable and popular lady who was greatly liked throughout the community.’
    • ‘Everyone seemed very pleasant and affable and there wasn't too much in the way of pontificating.’
    • ‘I have met him several times and find him an affable and friendly person, and a joy to talk politics with.’
    • ‘As a player, he was known as much for his toughness and will as he was for his affable personality.’
    • ‘Out of it, Alex should retain his very affable and amiable nature.’
    • ‘Usually Eddington is the most affable of colleagues, friendly and very approachable.’
    • ‘On-line customers will be able to fully interact with the affable Alex as if talking to another person.’
    • ‘Greece's affable, easy-going ways have long made it a favourite with families.’
    • ‘Many years ago a very affable councillor approached me to script an election leaflet for him.’
    • ‘He is too affable, too open, too ready to volunteer a view on issues that worry or interest him.’
    • ‘I know the Irish were traditionally keen on the idea of themselves as affable, sociable sorts.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.