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

Other Words from comfortable

comfortableness noun
comfortably \ ˈkəm(p)(f)-​tər-​blē How to pronounce comfortable (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web In many ways, the four of them resemble a subset of polyamory called kitchen table polyamory, where partners are comfortable enough to spend time together sharing a meal, going on group outings, or even taking trips together. Gabrielle Smith, Glamour, 16 May 2022 Airlines have also reviewed their cancellation policies for passengers who may not be comfortable taking to the skies. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 13 May 2022 The seats were very comfortable, the ride was very quiet and the convenience was certainly top of mind when engineering the DBX. Marc Grasso, Hartford Courant, 13 May 2022 Slight humidity, with near average temperatures, is fairly comfortable. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Pets who aren't particularly comfortable on elevated beds will love this option. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 While Wynonna Judd wasn’t comfortable speaking about her mother on camera, Ashley Judd read a note from her sister during the interview. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 May 2022 Are the duffel bag's handles comfortable enough to hold for long periods of time? Rebecca Carhart, PEOPLE.com, 11 May 2022 Tyler Klepps, 22, is pretty comfortable around bees. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of comfortable

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for comfortable

Middle English comfortable, confortable "invigorating, encouraging, consoling, pleasant, agreeable," borrowed from Anglo-French confortable "comforting, encouraging," from conforter "to strengthen, encourage, comfort entry 1" + -able -able

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“Comfortable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comfortable. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for comfortable

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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