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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Recent Examples on the Web

The open and bright cafe fills a casual, comfortable space at the community center, with sectioned seating and floor-to-ceiling windows. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Dasha Barbour's brings soul food classics to Louisville's West End," 5 June 2019 Participants should wear comfortable clothing and sneakers and should bring a water bottle. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 5 June 2019 The evening was nice, with a high overcast sky that did not threaten rain, and temperatures in the low 40s that made for comfortable hiking. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Years later, a loosely planned adventure is remembered for its laughs and lessons," 5 June 2019 In 2011, Eric Schmidt, then the chairman of Google, was comfortable enough to joke that Google bought one company each day. Seth Fiegerman, CNN, "Tech's antitrust problem has been out in the open for years," 5 June 2019 Zappa Johns, who works in marketing and lives in Monterey, California, wears headphones to not only ignore stray comments, but make others around him more comfortable. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Case for Wearing AirPods All the Time," 5 June 2019 The nonprofit Designs for Dignity also recently donated design work and furniture to the center to make the space more comfortable. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "State capital bill includes funds for Lake County Children's Advocacy Center," 5 June 2019 Family members should feel comfortable spending time together in this casual room, so don’t aim for absolute organizational perfection. Nicole Anzia, Washington Post, "The top clutter culprits in every room — and how to deal with them," 4 June 2019 This swimsuit-optional gay men's resort also features an outdoor mist cooling system, comfortable deck chairs, and complimentary guest lunches served poolside. Stepfanie Romine, USA TODAY, "7 reasons why the summer season is the best time to visit Palm Springs," 4 June 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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