Definition of affectionate in US English:

affectionate

adjective

  • 1Readily feeling or showing fondness or tenderness.

    ‘a happy and affectionate family’
    • ‘It only takes one or two treatments and they resume a gentle, affectionate interest in their family.’
    • ‘You saw for the first time this evening that the Prince of Wales referred to his mother in a very affectionate way.’
    • ‘He has many close friends and admirers and has proved himself to be a loving and affectionate father.’
    • ‘Throughout his life he had affectionate and devoted friends.’
    • ‘He was a man of marked dignity of character and most affectionate nature.’
    • ‘She was still affectionate towards the family, but she didn't warm up to people as easily as she once had.’
    • ‘You're better off learning how to become an attentive, affectionate and skilled lover.’
    • ‘Huskies, on the other hand, are very devoted and affectionate.’
    • ‘Now, you might have a look and decide that it's simply in your nature to need a more affectionate and attentive man.’
    • ‘The Yorks were a close-knit and affectionate family and the princess had a secure and uncomplicated childhood.’
    • ‘She may like to deny it but she is vulnerable and can be tender and affectionate.’
    • ‘They were lovely people, but not affectionate like Lou's family.’
    • ‘However, the breed has a basic gentle and affectionate nature, and is really a loving animal.’
    • ‘I come from a very loving and affectionate family where hugs and kisses are given all the time.’
    • ‘At the prompting of their stern but affectionate father, the boys manage to make peace with their new schoolmates.’
    • ‘His father and mother were very affectionate and I was closely associated with his family.’
    • ‘Although affectionate and loyal by nature, this combination can be aggressive in relationships.’
    • ‘Because of their affectionate and sensitive nature they are used for riding and companionship programmes.’
    • ‘That movie was tender and affectionate without being pedantic.’
    • ‘Conversely, my husband has formed affectionate bonds with my family.’
    loving, fond, adoring, devoted, caring, doting, tender, warm, warm-hearted, big-hearted, soft-centred, soft-hearted, soft, unselfish, kind, kind-hearted, kindly, comforting
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    1. 1.1 Expressing fondness.
      ‘an affectionate kiss’
      • ‘His kisses were lingering and affectionate, making my heart pound for a moment.’
      • ‘Here, in my home, we are open and affectionate and treat each other with care and respect.’
      • ‘The sentence is said in a soft, quiet, affectionate sort of way.’
      • ‘Duncan placed an affectionate kiss on her forehead which she didn't react to.’
      • ‘Suddenly someone pushed a cookie into my mouth, and then bombarded me with affectionate hugs and kisses.’
      expressive, open, forthcoming, emotional, communicative, responsive, unreserved, unrestrained, effusive, expansive, gushing, cuddly, loving, warm, friendly, approachable
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Origin

Late 15th century (in the sense ‘disposed, inclined towards’): from French affectionné ‘beloved’ or medieval Latin affectionatus ‘devoted’, from affectio(n-), from afficere ‘to influence’ (see affect).

Pronunciation

affectionate

/əˈfekSH(ə)nət//əˈfɛkʃ(ə)nət/