affectionate[ə fek′s̸hən it]
A newlywed couple giving each other kisses and hugs during their first dance is an example of people being affectionate.
- full of affection; tender and loving
- Obsolete mentally disposed; inclined
Origin of affectionatealtered after -ate ; from French affectionné
- Having or showing fond feelings or affection; loving and tender.
- Obsolete Inclined or disposed.
(comparative more affectionate, superlative most affectionate)
- (of a person) Having affection or warm regard; loving; fond.
- She eulogised her always warm and affectionate brother.
- (of an action, etc.) Characterised by or proceeding from affection; indicating love; tender.
- the affectionate care of a parent; an affectionate countenance; an affectionate message; affectionate language
(third-person singular simple present affectionates, present participle affectionating, simple past and past participle affectionated)
- (rare) To show affection to; to have affection for.
- 1721, John Rushworth, Historical Collections Of Private Passages of State, etc.: 1618—1629, Volume 1, page 222,
- And firſt, his Majeſty would have you to underſtand, That there was never any King more loving to his People, or better affectionated to the right uſe of Parliaments, than his Majeſty hath approved himſelf to be, […] .
- 1838 February 1, Charles Dickens, To Catherine Dickens, 2012, Jenny Hartley (edit), The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens, page 41,
- Ever my dear Kate your affectionated husband
- CHARLES DICKENS
Either from the adjective, or from affection + -ate (modelled on Middle French affectionner).