[pur-suh-nuh-buh l]

Origin of personable

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at person, -able
Related formsper·son·a·ble·ness, nounper·son·a·bly, adverbqua·si-per·son·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-per·son·a·bly, adverbun·per·son·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for personably


  1. pleasant in appearance and personality
Derived Formspersonableness, nounpersonably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for personably



"pleasing in one's person," early 15c., from person + -able, or else from Middle French personable. Related: Personably.

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