Affable



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.
Contemporary Examples

Long taunted for his embonpoint, polite French for tubbiness, the affable pol used to garner dessert-inspired nicknames.
French President Francois Hollande’s Inability to Tie a Necktie Earns France’s Scorn Tracy McNicoll November 9, 2012

This affable gent will take you on a customized walk, hike, or boar hunt around town.
Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt February 19, 2010

However, while providing the audiences with affable centerpiece figures, their effect on the proceedings has been insidious.
Idol’s White-Guy Problem Richard Rushfield May 25, 2011

No wonder that this affable navy included zero Jewish-Israeli peaceniks, anti-Zionist as they may be.
Ashamed of My Country Fania Oz-Salzberger May 31, 2010

Meet the store manager, the affable Jeremy Smith, who worked his way up from produce stocker over his 17-year career.
Walmart Protesters Tell One Story, and Employees Tell Another Winston Ross September 4, 2013

Historical Examples

Seated in state, on a sort of daïs in the centre of the room, was a courteous and urbane personage of affable exterior.
She and I, Volume 2 John Conroy Hutcheson

His manner is affable and unassuming, and his disposition kindly.
Cleveland Past and Present Maurice Joblin

The station-master was affable enough, gave him some bread and meat and a glass of milk, and refused any payment.
The Late Tenant Louis Tracy

Lady Carey was affable and gracious, also very important and busy.
Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln

I was prepared for all this, and was most affable to the tormentor of a traveller’s patience.
My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt

adjective
showing warmth and friendliness; kindly; mild; benign
easy to converse with; approachable; amicable
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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