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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web But one thing is clear: Cheney has no comfortable perch in a House GOP conference in which more than half subscribe to the Big Lie that President Joe Biden was not duly elected. Gloria Borger, CNN, "Liz Cheney is not shying from this fight," 4 May 2021 The ergonomic design makes each step comfortable without sacrificing things like arch support. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Can you believe these sneakers that Amazon shoppers are obsessed with are only $20?," 4 May 2021 Bowditch has only recently gotten comfortable venturing out of the house for shopping and small gatherings, feeling safe thanks to mask requirements and limited commercial capacity., "Normalcy is on the horizon. But will we run to meet it?," 4 May 2021 Medium Thursday is probably our best day of the week with sunny skies and comfortable, low-humidity highs in the mid-60s (several degrees cooler than normal) as breezes settle down. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A toasty Tuesday with a late-day storm chance; rain is more likely Wednesday," 4 May 2021 For instance, a 2019 survey by found that 61% of millennials were comfortable discussing credit-card debt with their friends, compared with 43% of baby boomers. Svati Kirsten Narula, WSJ, "How Much Money Do Millennials Make? They’re More Than Happy to Tell You.," 3 May 2021 Even after Friday’s 0.7 percent decline, the market sat on a comfortable gain of more than 11 percent this year. New York Times, "President Biden’s proposal to raise taxes on investment income for wealthy Americans," 3 May 2021 Five-star reviewers love this chair for its reliable construction, comfortable design, and easy assembly process. Carly Kulzer, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 11 Best Adirondack Chairs for Your Patio, According to Reviews," 3 May 2021 Now children feel comfortable enough to fly across the country to see their mothers. Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Cracks in our vaccine armor," 3 May 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Comfortable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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 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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