from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Easy and pleasant to speak to; approachable.
- adj. Gentle and gracious: an affable smile.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner; friendly, courteous, sociable.
- adj. Mild; benign.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Easy to be spoken to or addressed; receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner; courteous; sociable.
- adj. Gracious; mild; benign.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Easy of conversation or approach; admitting others to intercourse without reserve; courteous; complaisant; of easy manners; kind or benevolent in manner: now usually applied to those high-placed or in authority: as, an affable prince.
- Expressing or betokening affability; mild; benign: as, an affable countenance.
- Synonyms Courteous, civil, complaisant, accessible, mild, benign, condescending, communicative, familiar, easy, gracious, conversable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. diffusing warmth and friendliness
Earp was fond of using the word affable when describing his friend to others.
With Mr. Thompson's exit, PayPal loses what former colleagues describe as an affable and skilled negotiator just as the new initiative was nearing the finish line.
That setup may sound dark for the man who prior to "Breaking Bad" was best known as the affable dad Hal on Fox's long-running sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle."
In profiles, Mr. Athey was called affable and well-liked among legislators.
He had the nickname "Czar Cannon," quite a bit different, Wolf, from Hastert, who is known as the affable coach.
He seemed solitary; his manner was very unpretending - too simple to be termed affable; rather timid than proud: he did not condescend to their society - he seemed glad of it.
"My buddy does a lot of business over there and some of the factories asked him to visit," recalls the affable Arkansan.
According to folks who followed Huckabee's career in Arkansas, that 'affable' face he's showing to the press these days can disappear pretty fast.
You hire someone who is kind of affable and, you know, and trustworthy.
CARVILLE: Well, I think that the -- the House leadership -- I think the House leadership, I think that Cantor comes across as a kind of affable guy.