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