arm·​chair | \ˈärm-ˌcher \

Definition of armchair 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a chair with armrests



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

The piece with the lowest estimate, a circa-1780 mahogany armchair pegged at $200 to $300, went for $8,750. New York Times, "At Rockefeller Auction, They Came. They Bid. They Mostly Lost.," 9 May 2018 In Frasier, the hit Cheers spinoff that aired from 1993 to 2004, Mahoney played Martin Crane, a disabled ex-policeman who parked himself in a battered old armchair in Frasier’s chic Seattle living room. Lynn Elber, USA TODAY, "John Mahoney, who played cranky dad on 'Frasier,' dies at 77," 5 Feb. 2018 Afterwards, keynote speaker and actor Sean Astin joined emcee Deborah Duncan onstage in big comfy armchairs; their talk was really more of a conversation, providing a casual but real glimpse into Astin's upbringing. Elizabeth Pudwill, Houston Chronicle, "Actor Sean Astin discusses mother Patty Duke's struggle with mental illness at Houston luncheon," 9 May 2018 Nearby, a cat bursts from the bowels of a mouldering armchair. NBC News, "Amid Trump's Mideast push, an abandoned building reminds Palestinians of past failures," 16 June 2018 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., "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,, "My Favorite Room: Derek Fisher doesn't let the NBA dominate his home office," 16 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Following a massive cue from the armchair archaeologists, the Bern Archaeological Service went back to the site for its own excavation in the summer of 2018. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "3,500-Year-Old Swiss Relic Might Be Europe's Oldest Bronze Sculpture," 26 Sep. 2018 Prior to the tournament, an armchair pundit or two may have labelled them the 'dark horse', or a team who could 'surprise a few'., "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

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First Known Use of armchair


1585, in the meaning defined above


1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of armchair

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a chair with supports for your arms



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


arm·​chair | \ˈärm-ˌcher \

Kids Definition of armchair

: a chair with armrests

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