com·​fort·​able | \ˈkəm(p)(f)-tər-bəl, ˈkəm(p)(f)-tə-bəl, ˈkəm(p)-fər-tə-bəl, ˈkəm(p)-fə-tə-bəl, ˈkəm-fər-bəl, ˈkəm-fə-bəl \

Definition of comfortable 

1a : affording or enjoying contentment and security a comfortable income

b : affording or enjoying physical comfort a comfortable chair was too comfortable to move

2a : free from vexation or doubt comfortable assumptions Lamb was comfortable in his ignorance of what he did not choose to know.— James Mason Brown

b : free from stress or tension a comfortable routine stayed at a comfortable distance from the crowd

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Other Words from comfortable

comfortableness noun
comfortably \ ˈkəm(p)(f)-​tər-​blē , ˈkəm(p)(f)-​tə-​blē, ˈkəm(p)-​fər-​tə-​blē, ˈkəm(p)-​fə-​tə-​blē, ˈkəm-​fər-​blē, ˈkəm-​fə-​blē \ adverb

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comfortable, cozy, snug, easy, restful mean enjoying or providing a position of contentment and security. comfortable applies to anything that encourages serenity, well-being, or complacency as well as physical ease. started feeling comfortable in our new surroundings cozy suggests warmth, shelter, assured ease, and friendliness. a cozy neighborhood coffee shop snug suggests having just enough space for comfort and safety but no more. a snug little cottage easy implies relief from or absence of anything likely to cause discomfort or constraint. living in easy circumstances restful applies to whatever induces or contributes to rest or relaxation. a quiet restful vacation

Examples of comfortable in a Sentence

These shoes aren't very comfortable for walking. I can't seem to find a comfortable position in this chair. Are you comfortable enough in that chair? The nurse turned the patient on his side and asked him if he was comfortable. I was just getting comfortable when the phone rang. They stayed at a comfortable distance from the crowd. He has a comfortable job. She makes a comfortable living as a journalist. They enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.
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That suggests riders are not so comfortable with sharing cars with people who are not like them. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "The Good and Bad of Ride-Sharing When It Comes to Race," 11 July 2018 Positive market forces could also contribute to employees feeling more comfortable leaving their jobs. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "More than 20 percent of employees leave Naper Settlement in first half of 2018; CEO cites consolidation talk for turnover," 28 June 2018 Though Russia is not comfortable with the extent of Iran's influence in Syria, Mr Putin is not ready to torpedo relations with Tehran. The Economist, "Vladimir Putin’s hopes for his long-awaited meeting with Donald Trump," 14 July 2018 And Luke is comfortable with that entire environment. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Spoelstra addresses Whiteside situation and explains why this Heat team will be better even if roster is similar," 11 July 2018 Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of sharks swimming in such close proximity to them. Sophia Eppolito And Marek Mazurek,, "On the Cape, tourists and locals take sharks in stride," 9 July 2018 Again, issues would surface in the postseason, and Anthony will have to be comfortable with his role yo-yoing depending on the matchup. Rohan Nadkarni,, "With His OKC Era Waning, Carmelo Anthony Must Pick Between Two Clear Free-Agency Paths," 6 July 2018 For me, being comfortable with my husband and secure in the relationship made it so much easier to communicate and work on fixing the problems together. Dan Savage, Chicago Reader, "Can sex get better and more frequent after marriage?," 4 July 2018 McDonagh was comfortable with Tampa Bay, which went through an almost-Tavares situation two years ago with captain Steven Stamkos before signing him on the eve of free agency. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "Teams re-sign stars a year ahead of free agency," 2 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'comfortable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of comfortable

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for comfortable

see comfort entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of comfortable

: not causing any physically unpleasant feelings : producing physical comfort

: not having any physically unpleasant feelings : experiencing physical comfort

: allowing you to be relaxed : causing no worries, difficulty, or uncertainty


com·​fort·​able | \ˈkəm-fər-tə-bəl, ˈkəmf-tər-bəl\

Kids Definition of comfortable

1 : giving physical ease a comfortable chair

2 : more than what is needed a comfortable income

3 : physically at ease

Other Words from comfortable

comfortably \ -​blē \ adjective

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