Warmly friendly, good-natured, and easy to approach and talk to.


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UK English

Part of speech



genial, cordial, friendly, sociable, gracious, warm


unfriendly, unapproachable, inhospitable, ungracious, hostile

Example sentences:

  • The affable host welcomed us into his home with open arms.
  • He was an affable person and made everyone feel at ease in his presence.
  • She had an affable personality and was loved by everyone who knew her.


The word “affable” comes from the Latin word “affabilis,” which means “easy to speak to.” The prefix “af-” means “toward” or “near,” while the root word “fab” means “speak.” An affable person may be described as “approachable” or “easy to talk to,” and is generally regarded as having a friendly and warm personality. An affable demeanor can be useful in social and professional situations, as it can help build positive relationships and create a welcoming environment.