comfortable

adjective
com·​fort·​able | \ ˈkəm(p)(f)-tər-bəl How to pronounce comfortable (audio) , ˈkəm(p)(f)-tə-bəl, ˈkəm(p)-fər-tə-bəl, ˈkəm(p)-fə-tə-bəl, ˈkəm-fər-bəl, ˈkəm-fə-bəl How to pronounce comfortable (audio) \

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 How to pronounce comfortably (audio) , ˈkəm(p)(f)-​tə-​blē , ˈkəm(p)-​fər-​tə-​blē , ˈkəm(p)-​fə-​tə-​blē , ˈkəm-​fər-​blē , ˈkəm-​fə-​blē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for comfortable

Synonyms

comfy, cozy, cushy, easy, snug, soft

Antonyms

uncomfortable

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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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One reason why the Giants feel comfortable putting Daniel Jones in now: the improvement of the team’s offensive line has been tangible through two weeks. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Brown’s Week in Foxboro Isn’t Surprising, Stay Tuned to Ramsey’s Request, More Notes," 16 Sep. 2019 What Hazen knew – but did not feel comfortable saying – was that leaving Arizona was the least likely outcome. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks sign General Manager Mike Hazen to contract extension," 13 Sep. 2019 But to help doctors and patients feel comfortable with surgery here, NASH and Galenia worked to go beyond those standards. Phil Galewitz, Dallas News, "Need a knee replacement? This company pays employees to meet a doctor in Cancun," 13 Aug. 2019 Coan, whose play was uneven in four starts last season, appears more comfortable and confident in the offense and his game. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How does Wisconsin's personnel stack up halfway through training camp?," 10 Aug. 2019 The news of the attack devastated the community, who Ken said rushed to the family’s aid and donated whatever was needed to make Ryan’s care more comfortable. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "'I thought I'd be ready': Father mourns son's death 10 years after attack put him in coma," 14 Sep. 2019 Another stout effort from the USC offensive line would go a long way in making Slovis comfortable. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC vs. Brigham Young: How the teams match up," 13 Sep. 2019 Tamar, another participant, told a story about a special chair the company allowed her to order that would make sitting at her desk comfortable. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "New research examines the treacherous experience of being “fat” at work," 9 Sep. 2019 It Off The chemical reactions inside lithium-ion batteries are more comfortable with shorter charges and discharges, rather than being drained all the way down and then topped all the way up. David Nield, WIRED, "How To Get the Most Out of Your Smartphone Battery," 25 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of comfortable was in 1769

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More Definitions for comfortable

comfortable

adjective

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

comfortable

adjective
com·​fort·​able | \ ˈkəm-fər-tə-bəl How to pronounce comfortable (audio) , 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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