comfortable

adjective
com·​fort·​able | \ ˈkəm(p)(f)-tər-bəl , ˈkəm(p)(f)-tə-bəl, ˈkəm(p)-fər-tə-bəl, ˈkəm(p)-fə-tə-bəl, ˈkəm-fər-bəl, ˈkəm-fə-bəl \

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 , 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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If someone isn’t comfortable, the other person needs to respect that. Kerensa Cadenas, Seventeen, "Why Aly Raisman Put Her Manager’s Email Address in Her Twitter Bio," 26 Nov. 2018 Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has made a point of saying the city is not comfortable with the caravan that began arriving last week. Julie Watson, The Seattle Times, "Caravan migrants weigh options after court blocks Trump ban," 20 Nov. 2018 Some of the items are necessities while others might be considered luxuries, but everything here will make living in your camper a bit easier and more comfortable. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Some people feel most comfortable in a minimalist space, while others are inspired by having many things around them. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Joanna Gaines’ New Book 'Homebody' Reminds Us Why There’s No Place Like Home," 8 Nov. 2018 But that won't have much of an impact if the teachers aren't comfortable using it either, so universities will also need to incorporate it into their teacher training programs. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Fixed mindsets” might be why we don’t understand statistics," 14 Oct. 2018 Cramming onto metal bleachers with no back-support isn't exactly comfortable during a five-game-long tournament, either. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "This 9-Person Folding Bench Will Be Every Soccer Family's BFF Come Game Day," 20 Aug. 2018 There is a middle seatbelt in the back, but that position is not comfortable if adults or larger children are already in the outboard seat positions. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 But when questions are more general or less presumptive, respondents may figure that the question asker is not comfortable pursuing that information, and the respondent can more easily change topics without getting caught. Eric Vanepps, Time, "The Best Way to Get People to Tell the Truth, According to Science," 11 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'comfortable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of comfortable

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for comfortable

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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 , 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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