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Related to affably: disdainfully, irascibly


1. Easy and pleasant to speak to; approachable.
2. Gentle and gracious: an affable smile.

[Middle English affabil, from Old French affable, from Latin affābilis, from affārī, to speak to : ad-, ad- + fārī, to speak; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

af′fa·bil′i·ty n.
af′fa·bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.affably - in an affable manneraffably - in an affable manner; "`Come and visit me,' he said amiably"
alúîlega, ljúfmannlega


[ˈæfəblɪ] ADVafablemente


[ˈæfəbli] adv [say, smile] → affablement, avec affabilité


[ˈæfəblɪ] advaffabilmente


(ˈӕfəbl) adjective
pleasant and easy to talk to. an affable young man.
ˈaffably adverb
ˌaffaˈbility noun
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Pretty well, thanks to Aunt March, who lets Esther talk to me as often as I like," replied amy, with a grateful look, which caused the old lady to smile affably.
Those venerable personages in the coop, too, seem very affably disposed.
Bestowing a word of promise here and a smile there, a whisper on one happy slave and a wave of the hand on another, Monseigneur affably passed through his rooms to the remote region of the Circumference of Truth.
But he greatly relieved my mind by putting a chair for me at the table, and saying, very affably, 'Now, six-foot
But he suddenly smiled affably, replaced his hands in his pockets after raising his hat, and said:
The three young men bowed to each other courteously, if not affably.
he said affably to a man who was polishing his stream- ing face with his coat sleeves.
He talked affably, and even gently, as we went along the street; he had never been so civil to me in his life.
The great Newfoundland received them most affably but instead of saying "good-bye he startled the Head-growler into giving three savage growls, by announcing that he would escort them himself.
said Kim affably, squatting in the shade beside the lama.
It is all a question of a force; of establishing communications for a force," replied that adept, affably, ignoring some military mutterings about the police force.
Henry Wood, late of India, I believe," said Holmes, affably.