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 There was chatter throughout the stands from armchair quarterbacks prognosticating about who should start at various positions. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Inside Auburn’s rare open practice as 1st day of spring ushers in new era on the Plains," 21 Mar. 2021 The revival, hosted by journalist Elizabeth Vargas, will again offer viewers the chance to be armchair detectives by helping law enforcement officials crack some of their toughest cases. cleveland, "‘Bachelor’ finale, ‘America’s Most Wanted’ revival tops this week’s TV picks," 14 Mar. 2021 The revival, hosted by journalist Elizabeth Vargas, will again offer viewers the chance to be armchair detectives by helping law enforcement officials crack some of their toughest cases. cleveland, "‘Bachelor’ finale, ‘America’s Most Wanted’ revival tops this week’s TV picks," 14 Mar. 2021 The revival, hosted by journalist Elizabeth Vargas, will again offer viewers the chance to be armchair detectives by helping law enforcement officials crack some of their toughest cases. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of March 14-20," 13 Mar. 2021 Before even putting down his bags, David sits on Sheila's bed, next to her armchair, and holds her hand -- for only the second time since the pandemic came to Britain. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "'I need every American to do their part,' says Biden, targeting the end of the pandemic," 12 Mar. 2021 Rattan and similar materials have been a part of some of the most iconic furniture designs—Thonet’s classic bentwood chairs, Pierre Jeanneret angular armchair, and Soane Britain’s Venus Chair. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Embrace the Natural Look With Raffia, Rattan, and Cane Design Pieces," 12 Mar. 2021 On her way out, Kennedy stopped to greet Foran, who was sitting in an armchair in the living room, with a newspaper in her lap and a cat and dog underfoot. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, "Vaccinating the homebound is a slow but necessary process," 8 Mar. 2021 Police were called, and officers found Torres Sánchez in an armchair, covered in quilts and sitting beside two heaters that had stopped working because of power outages. Imelda García, Dallas News, "Family works to have Deep Ellum paletero’s body returned to Mexico after his death in winter storms," 28 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There is an army of armchair retail traders hell-bent on chasing the entire electric vehicle supply chain. Moneyshow, Forbes, "Under-The-Radar Plays In Metals & Mining," 19 Mar. 2021 The event became a watershed for armchair social media sleuthing. Ezra Marcus New York Times, Star Tribune, "Snitching is spreading along with the virus," 15 Mar. 2021 While a travel advisory is still in effect due to COVID-19, perhaps now is the time for an armchair trip to Alaska based on a 1929 letter sent to The Carroll Record. Mary Ann Ashcraft, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Yesteryears: 1929 letter details Carroll County natives’ trip to Alaska," 12 Mar. 2021 January 1 Kick off the New Year with an armchair trip to Austria, where the Vienna Philharmonic will present its annual New Year’s Day concert in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein for the first time without an audience. Ariana Marsh, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Culture Lover’s January Guide," 1 Jan. 2021 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

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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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“Armchair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/armchair. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce armchair (audio) \

Kids Definition of armchair

: a chair with armrests

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