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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Just as the Dolphins started rolling under coach Brian Flores, when the defense appeared fearsome and their rookie quarterback appeared to be getting more comfortable, all of those positive trends came to a crashing halt on Sunday. Safid Deen,, "Tua Tagovailoa benched, Ryan Fitzpatrick’s comeback falls short as Dolphins’ win streak ends in Denver," 22 Nov. 2020 Many hotels are discounting rooms and throwing in such perks as free parking and dining credits, which will help make quarantine more comfortable and wallet-friendly. Washington Post, "NYC for the holidays: The city’s classic traditions have been tweaked for the times," 19 Nov. 2020 Jenkins has also led an effort to make senior managers more comfortable in engaging on matters of employee mental health. Fortune, "Your employees are not OK: How to handle mental health at work during a pandemic," 16 Nov. 2020 Though Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas kept the details of Turner's pregnancy mostly private over the summer, the couple seem to be getting more comfortable with opening up publicly about their new baby girl, Willa. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Reveals the Birthday of Her and Joe Jonas's Daughter, Willa," 16 Nov. 2020 Binoculars are great for scanning small areas or specific game in spot-and-stalk situations, but a spotting scope is meant for sitting down, getting comfortable, and digging in for the long haul. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Great Reasons to Own a Spotting Scope," 11 Nov. 2020 Discuss ways to make this issue more comfortable within your relationship. Natalie Gil,, "My Sister Earns £117,000 More Than Me," 8 Nov. 2020 Not getting too comfortable meant reevaluating their capacity limits to stay ahead of the growing infection rate in Dallas County. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, "Restaurants prepare for possible dining room capacity rollbacks or closures as COVID-19 cases surge," 3 Nov. 2020 This brush is 36 inches long for an extra-far reach and has an ergonomic handle that will make the job of clearing far more comfortable. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 31 Oct. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

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“Comfortable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce comfortable (audio) How to pronounce comfortable (audio)

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 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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