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

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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 With hostilities at a boiling point, not all Israelis were comfortable with the offers of assistance to Lebanon. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "After days of tension, Israel offers aid for devastated Beirut," 6 Aug. 2020 On Masks seem like a practical, comfortable, and affordable choice that will make covering your face as easy as throwing on your favorite tee. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "This Best-Selling T-Shirt Brand Made Comfy Face Masks That Are Under $2 Each," 1 Aug. 2020 Bird feeder spillage, unsecured trash and fruit or nut-bearing trees are all common food sources in urban areas that could make a flock — also known as a gang, a gobble, or a posse — comfortable with putting down roots. Anna Ta Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Why do wild turkeys seem to thrive in the Twin Cities?," 31 July 2020 Was the handle comfortable to hold, particularly when shaving in different directions for areas like the underarms and the bikini line? Deanna Pai, CNN Underscored, "The best women’s razors of 2020," 9 July 2020 Made of polypropylene, these are durable, comfortable, and come in four sizes. Popular Science, "Mask extenders that don’t hurt your ears," 6 July 2020 None of them were comfortable, tractable, or reliable. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1991 Ferrari F40 Feasts on the Timid," 2 July 2020 After week one, somehow everything grows really, really comfortable. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "Stuck at Sea in the Middle of a Pandemic," 26 June 2020 Steve GranitzGetty Images Pregnant Sophie Turner's maternity style is laidback, comfortable, and endlessly cool. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Nailed Laidback Maternity Style in a Band Tee and Shorts," 26 June 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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10 Aug 2020

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“Comfortable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comfortable. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for comfortable

comfortable

adjective
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

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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