showing, indicating, or characterized by affection or love; fondly tender: an affectionate embrace.
having great affection or love; warmly attached; loving: your affectionate brother.
  1. strongly disposed or inclined.
  2. passionate; headstrong.
  3. biased; partisan.

Origin of affectionate

1485–95; affection1 + -ate1, on the model of passionate
Related formsaf·fec·tion·ate·ly, adverbaf·fec·tion·ate·ness, nounpseu·do·af·fec·tion·ate, adjectivepseu·do·af·fec·tion·ate·ly, adverbqua·si-af·fec·tion·ate, adjectivequa·si-af·fec·tion·ate·ly, adverbun·af·fec·tion·ate, adjectiveun·af·fec·tion·ate·ly, adverb

Synonyms for affectionate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for affectionately

Contemporary Examples of affectionately

Historical Examples of affectionately

  • She put her arms about her neck, and affectionately inquired the cause of her distress.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • "I couldn't be sad for long with you about, Emma," she said affectionately.

  • And that I thanked him affectionately, and would never forget him.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Mother St. Sophie came up on to the platform and kissed me affectionately.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • She kissed me affectionately, and on seeing my sulky face asked if I was not satisfied.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

British Dictionary definitions for affectionately



having or displaying tender feelings, affection, or warmthan affectionate mother; an affectionate letter
Derived Formsaffectionately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for affectionately

1580s, from affectionate + -ly (2).



1580s, "fond, loving," from affection + -ate (1). Early, now mostly obsolete, senses included "inclined" (1530s), "prejudiced" (1530s), "passionate" (1540s), "earnest" (c.1600). Other forms also used in the main modern sense of the word included affectious (1580s), affectuous (mid-15c.).

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