Definition of affected in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /əˈfɛktɪd/


1Influenced or touched by an external factor: affected areas
More example sentences
  • People have been warned not to touch the water in affected areas.
  • The crystals inside the joint cause intense pain whenever the affected area is moved.
  • For all external uses, apply turmeric powder directly to the affected area every two hours, using a clean cloth.
2Pretentious and designed to impress: the gesture appeared both affected and stagy
More example sentences
  • The character is all Ivy-league pretensions and affected accent.
  • I mean, if there's anything more affected than a fake accent, it's pretending you don't know you're doing it.
  • Mercifully, they have more or less avoided the affected, fake English accents that plagued the sub-genre.
pretentious, high-flown, ostentatious, pompous, grandiose, over-elaborate, overblown, overripe, overworked, overdone;
contrived, forced, laboured, strained, stiff, posed, stagy, studied, mannered, hollow, insincere, unconvincing;
artificial, unnatural, assumed, pretended, feigned, false, fake, faked, counterfeit, sham, simulated, spurious, pseudo, mock, imitation
informal la-di-da, hoity-toity, highfalutin, fancy-pants, posey, pseud, phoney, pretend, put on
British informal poncey, posh, toffee-nosed
3 [predicative] archaic Disposed or inclined in a specified way: you might become differently affected towards him
More example sentences
  • This tribe has been well affected toward the French, but they are at present somewhat in revolt.
  • We think the true scholar will be affected toward language and Nature.
  • I frequently received visits also from the general who was very well affected toward me.



Pronunciation: /əˈfɛktɪdli/
Example sentences
  • Most of these meetings are overcrowded, while the candidates affectedly brag about exceeded expectations.
  • In the first film she also fell foul of the normally amiable actor, who found her affectedly standoffish.
  • I have met, I believe, the two most affectedly camp people in the country, and I have the mental scars to prove it.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.