armchair

noun
arm·​chair | \ ˈärm-ˌcher How to pronounce armchair (audio) \

Definition of armchair

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a chair with armrests

armchair

adjective

Definition of armchair (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : remote from direct dealing with problems : theoretical rather than practical armchair strategists
2 : sharing vicariously in another's experiences an armchair traveler

Examples of armchair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Minutes later, Otaola was addressing twenty-seven thousand fans, from a red leather armchair on his set. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "How Pro-Trump Disinformation Is Swaying a New Generation of Cuban-American Voters," 26 Oct. 2020 The room also features a 19th-century English leather armchair, a 17th-century iron chandelier, an antique Heriz rug, and an artwork by Robert Indiana. Cynthia Frank, ELLE Decor, "How a 1902 Tudor Revival House Got a Warm, Modern Update," 14 Oct. 2020 Here’s hoping that your travel plans for next fall will not be limited to virtual armchair tours. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Garden Mastery: Chrysanthemums fill our region with brilliant fall colors," 10 Oct. 2020 From across the armchair, professionals, too, had to adjust to unprecedented conditions. Marion Renault, Popular Science, "What mental health professionals have learned six months into pandemic care," 8 Oct. 2020 Back in the 1920s and ’30s, as Admiral Richard E. Byrd made his Antarctic expeditions, armchair adventurers were able to follow along via radio broadcasts of expedition recordings sent to the United States. oregonlive, "5-part audio drama ‘Magellanica’ is a pandemic listening pleasure," 7 Oct. 2020 Looking for something special for all those armchair travelers in your life? Jane Sung, Condé Nast Traveler, "30 Best Travel Gifts Under $50," 5 Oct. 2020 In the days to come, there will no doubt be a fair bit of armchair analysis about why Kipchoge didn’t win. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "Eliud Kipchoge’s Streak Comes to an End in London," 5 Oct. 2020 But for China’s armchair traders, what matters is that the government has said, essentially, go for it. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "How the history of financial bubbles can help us prepare for what’s next," 4 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The New York Times picked up the story and put it on the front page – an indication of how armchair analysis could be as telling as dispatches from the ground. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, "Chasing Spies From the Couch," 10 Aug. 2020 Marsha Music has started calling herself an armchair revolutionary. Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press, "A hopeful peace: While protests continue, Detroiters contemplate what it all means," 7 June 2020 With billions of people grounded because of the coronavirus pandemic, armchair travel has never been more important, especially for parents hoping to capture their kids’ attention and imagination. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Travel-Inspired Day Full of Things to Do With Kids at Home," 9 Apr. 2020 Two weeks ago, national and world health authorities—and armchair experts and worried well-meaning people—were warning anyone concerned about Covid-19 to avoid ibuprofen. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "The Ibuprofen Debate Reveals the Danger of Covid-19 Rumors," 26 Mar. 2020 Dana Walk was a machinist with a wife and three children, an armchair coach for his beloved Green Bay Packers. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police: Initial investigation has not shown that Molson Coors shooter was retaliating for racist acts," 4 Mar. 2020 Illustration: Oscar Bolton Green for Bloomberg Businessweek The coronavirus pandemic has made us all armchair epidemiologists. Peter Coy, Bloomberg.com, "The Pandemic Financial Terms You Should Know Right Now," 28 Apr. 2020 But analyzing a slew of the mock drafts ahead of this year’s event, scheduled to begin on Thursday, a few conclusions have emerged as conventional wisdom among professional and armchair analysts. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "More About the 2020 N.F.L. Draft," 27 Mar. 2020 On the channel, armchair travelers can peruse the home's stunning interiors, along with the majestic gardens, their recent Downton Abbey Exhibition, and more. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Take These Amazing Virtual Tours of Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of armchair

Noun

1585, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of armchair was in 1585

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29 Oct 2020

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“Armchair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/armchair. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for armchair

armchair

noun
How to pronounce armchair (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of armchair

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a chair with supports for your arms

armchair

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of armchair (Entry 2 of 2)

used to describe people who like to read about or watch the dangerous or exciting activities of other people
used to describe people who like to give opinions about matters they do not have to deal with themselves and do not have responsibility for

armchair

noun
arm·​chair | \ ˈärm-ˌcher How to pronounce armchair (audio) \

Kids Definition of armchair

: a chair with armrests

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