affable

[ af-uh-buh l ]
/ ˈæf ə bəl /

adjective

pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to; friendly; cordial; warmly polite: an affable and courteous gentleman.
showing warmth and friendliness; benign; pleasant: an affable smile.

Nearby words

  1. afebrile,
  2. afetal,
  3. aff,
  4. aff.,
  5. affability,
  6. affair,
  7. affaire,
  8. affaire d'amour,
  9. affaire d'honneur,
  10. affaire de coeur

Origin of affable

1530–40; < Latin affābilis that can be spoken to, courteous, equivalent to af- af- + fā- speak (see fate) + -bilis -ble, perhaps via Middle French

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See civil.

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British Dictionary definitions for affable

affable

/ (ˈæfəbəl) /

adjective

showing warmth and friendliness; kindly; mild; benign
easy to converse with; approachable; amicable
Derived Formsaffability, nounaffably, adverb

Word Origin for affable

C16: from Latin affābilis easy to talk to, from affārī to talk to, from ad- to + fāri to speak; compare fable, fate

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Word Origin and History for affable

affable

adj.

late 15c., from Old French afable (14c.), from Latin affabilis "approachable, courteous, kind, friendly," literally "who can be (easily) spoken to," from affari "to speak to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + fari "to speak" (see fame (n.)). Related: Affably.

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