affectionate

  • 1 Affectionate — Af*fec tion*ate, a. [Cf. F. affectionn[ e].] 1. Having affection or warm regard; loving; fond; as, an affectionate brother. [1913 Webster] 2. Kindly inclined; zealous. [Obs.] Johson. [1913 Webster] Man, in his love God, and desire to please him,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 affectionate — (adj.) 1580s, fond, loving, from AFFECTION (Cf. affection) + ATE (Cf. ate) (1). Early, now mostly obsolete, senses included inclined (1530s), prejudiced (1530s), passionate (1540s), earnest (c.1600). Other forms also used in the main modern sense …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 affectionate — *loving, devoted, fond, doting Analogous words: ardent, fervent, passionate (see IMPASSIONED): *tender, sympathetic, warm Antonyms: cold: undemonstrative Contrasted words: apathetic, *impassive, stolid …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 affectionate — [adj] having or showing fondness all over*, attached, caring, crazy over*, dear, devoted, doting, fond, friendly, huggy*, kind, lovey dovey*, loving, mushy*, nutty about*, partial, soft on*, sympathetic, tender, warm, warmhearted; concepts… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 affectionate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ readily showing affection. DERIVATIVES affectionately adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 affectionate — [ə fek′shən it] adj. [altered after ATE1 < Fr affectionné] 1. full of affection; tender and loving 2. Obs. mentally disposed; inclined affectionately adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 affectionate — 1. adjective /əˈfɛkʃənət/ a) Having affection or warm regard; loving; fond; as, an affectionate brother. Warwick left the undertakers shop and retraced his steps until he had passed the lawyers office, toward which he threw an affectionate glance …

    Wiktionary

  • 8 affectionate — adj. affectionate to, towards, with (affectionate with children) * * * [ə fekʃ(ə)nɪt] towards with (affectionate with children) affectionate to …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 affectionate — af|fec|tion|ate [əˈfekʃənıt] adj showing in a gentle way that you love someone and care about them = ↑loving affectionate towards ▪ Jo is very affectionate towards her. ▪ an affectionate hug >affectionately adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 affectionate — [[t]əfe̱kʃənət[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you are affectionate, you show your love or fondness for another person in the way that you behave towards them. They seemed devoted to each other and were openly affectionate... She gave me a very long and… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 affectionate — adjective Date: 15th century 1. obsolete inclined, disposed 2. having affection or warm regard ; loving < affectionate friends > 3. motivated by affection ; tender < affectionate care > • …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 affectionate — affectionately, adv. affectionateness, n. /euh fek sheuh nit/, adj. 1. showing, indicating, or characterized by affection or love; fondly tender: an affectionate embrace. 2. having great affection or love; warmly attached; loving: your… …

    Universalium

  • 13 affectionate — af|fec|tion|ate [ ə fekʃənət ] adjective showing that you love or care about someone or something: My best friend is thoughtful and affectionate. an affectionate kiss ╾ af|fec|tion|ate|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 affectionate — adjective showing in a gentle way that you love someone: an affectionate hug | a very affectionate child affectionately adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 affectionate — adjective an affectionate handshake golden retrievers are known for being affectionate Syn: loving, fond, adoring, devoted, caring, doting, tender, warm, warmhearted, softhearted, friendly; demonstrative, cuddly; informal touchy feely, lovey… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 affectionate — UK [əˈfekʃ(ə)nət] / US [əˈfekʃənət] adjective showing that you love or care about someone or something My best friend is thoughtful and affectionate. an affectionate kiss Derived word: affectionately adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 17 affectionate — af•fec•tion•ate [[t]əˈfɛk ʃə nɪt[/t]] adj. 1) showing affection or love; fondly tender: an affectionate embrace[/ex] 2) having great affection or love; loving: your affectionate brother[/ex] • Etymology: 1485–95 af•fec′tion•ate•ly, adv.… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 affectionate — /əˈfɛkʃənət / (say uh fekshuhnuht) adjective 1. characterised by or manifesting affection; possessing or indicating love; tender: an affectionate embrace. 2. having great love or affection; warmly attached: your affectionate brother. 3. Obsolete… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 affectionate — adj. Affectionate is used with these nouns: ↑hug, ↑kiss, ↑memory, ↑nickname, ↑pat, ↑squeeze, ↑tribute …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 affectionate — Synonyms and related words: Christian, Christlike, Christly, adoring, benign, benignant, brotherly, caring, compassionate, conjugal, dear, decent, demonstrative, devoted, doting, faithful, filial, fond, fraternal, good, gracious, human, humane,… …

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