Definition of affectionately in US English:



  • In a way that displays fondness or tenderness.

    ‘Tammy embraced the girl and kissed the top of her head affectionately’
    • ‘The elephant is the largest vegetarian of all, with a sophisticated social life, loving and affectionately caring for its own.’
    • ‘She describes the work as warm and satisfying, where she is liked and regarded affectionately by all those who work in the village.’
    • ‘This series of paintings affectionately evokes the experience of watching movies.’
    • ‘Part of that process is to recognize that the universe, that which we affectionately call Mother Nature, loves us regardless.’
    • ‘The father heard their story, pondered the matter, and then looked at them affectionately.’
    • ‘He conferences with his sisters, and they decide affectionately to take her into their house to recuperate.’
    • ‘It almost seems as if the university is isolated from the real world—a little bubble we affectionately call home.’
    • ‘Some of his greatest work was created with his arms draped affectionately over his looming bass as he lost himself in the music.’
    • ‘He affectionately remembers the late Lon Chaney.’
    • ‘Affectionately known in debating circles as the "freak school," the university's Debating Society has managed to attend several tournaments this term.’