armchair

noun
arm·chair | \ˈärm-ˌcher \

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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Served in etched glass vessels and garnished with flowers and herbs, the tasting room’s grownup punch bowls are in sync with the mosaic bar, soaring windows, and mid-century-style armchairs. Nena Farrell, Sunset, "6 Reasons to Visit San Diego Now," 22 Jan. 2018 COVER YOUR FURNITURE Salvage couches and armchairs that have minor wear and tear with slipcovers. Washington Post, "Affordable ways to refresh your home," 28 June 2018 There’s room for about 25 people, with seating in comfy armchairs and couches, plus two bar tables and a few stools. cleveland.com, "40 of Cleveland's best small restaurants and bars: 2018 guide," 19 Apr. 2018 There are two boxed basketballs stacked on an armchair and books by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the shelf, but for the most part, Derek Fisher's home office is an NBA-free zone. Andrea Chang, latimes.com, "My Favorite Room: Derek Fisher doesn't let the NBA dominate his home office," 16 Mar. 2018 There’s a desk, bookcase, and four chairs, including a black wooden armchair that was a gift from Tufts Medical Center, where Schenkein used to head the cancer center. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "This CEO doesn’t like to be cornered," 14 July 2018 Guests will find a selfie-ready seating area with two vibrant red armchairs in front of a concrete geometric wall, painted bright green and festooned with white flowers and vines. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Alice in Wonderland-themed bar Hatter and Hare now open in Phoenix," 12 July 2018 The delegates sit in fine mahogany armchairs, not the plain Windsor chairs actually provided. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "This Painting Is Probably How You Imagine the Original Fourth of July. Here's What's Wrong With It," 3 July 2018 These include a pair of shrunken orange armchairs, a vibrant green (houseplant) jungle and the shoes. Gail Goldberg, SFChronicle.com, "Intentionally Blank steps it up with new Mission store," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Prior to the tournament, an armchair pundit or two may have labelled them the 'dark horse', or a team who could 'surprise a few'. SI.com, "Pride and Passion: Croatia's Unrelenting Fighting Spirit Continues to Carry National Hope," 12 July 2018 With today’s armchair analysis of the LeBron James 2018 decision comes Maria Shriver and Rob Lowe, who thanks to analysis from Shriver’s sons, believe that James will be going to the Lakers next season. Nina Mandell, For The Win, "LeBron James watch: Maria Shriver, Rob Lowe say he's going to the Lakers," 29 June 2018 Wildlife officials, for some reason, are not relying on the armchair theories about the wolflike creature. Author: Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Anchorage Daily News, "A wolflike creature was stalking livestock in Montana. Authorities have no idea what it is.," 26 May 2018 The company has repeatedly cast Kogan as a singularly bad apple, while the armchair sleuths of the internet have used his Russian heritage and research ties to St. Petersburg University to accuse him of being a Russian spy. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "The Man Who Saw the Dangers of Cambridge Analytica Years Ago," 19 June 2018 The notions of tough love and enabling—ubiquitous in American culture—are tossed about casually by self-help gurus, armchair psychologists and well-meaning friends. Woman's Day, "Why I Abandoned Tough Love Instead of My Child," 1 July 2016 In the Twitter world, armchair coaches were wondering why Steve Kerr didn’t do a mercy benching, allowing Curry to slip out the arena’s back door under disguise before the final buzzer. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the end, Warriors’ Stephen Curry was a difference-maker," 6 June 2018 Wildlife officials, for some reason, are not relying on the armchair theories about the wolflike creature. Author: Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Anchorage Daily News, "A wolflike creature was stalking livestock in Montana. Authorities have no idea what it is.," 26 May 2018 Wildlife officials, for some reason, are not relying on the armchair theories about the wolflike creature. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A wolflike creature was stalking livestock in Montana. Authorities have no idea what it is.," 25 May 2018

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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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armchair

noun

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 \

Kids Definition of armchair

: a chair with armrests

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