Definition of comfortable
1a : affording or enjoying contentment and security a comfortable incomeb : 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 Brownb : free from stress or tension a comfortable routine stayed at a comfortable distance from the crowd
comfortablyplay \ˈkəm(p)(f)-tə(r)-blē, ˈkəm(p)-fə(r)-tə-blē, ˈkəm-fə(r)-blē\ adverb
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.
Recent Examples of comfortable from the Web
Pearl said that even though his company won’t make much money on the American Legion facility, doing something positive for the community helps people feel more comfortable with new development.
The prime minister has seen her once-comfortable poll lead erode a week before the vote.
Tops should feel as comfortable as your favorite bra, said longtime friends Emma-Jane Hughes and Ashleigh Hill.
Ms. Copeland is a careful, cautious dancer, most comfortable in a middle zone, striking beautiful poses.
All proceeds will go toward new, more comfortable seating at Theatre 98.
Bourdais was discharged Wednesday but was not comfortable returning to his hotel room, where his wife would be responsible for him so soon after surgery.
Sotelo of Thorsun, a proponent of men being adventurous (and comfortable doing so), says wearing a Speedo is the ultimate sign of self-confidence, and the unequivocally best way to highlight those hours at the gym.
The Type Cover—Microsoft's impressively thin-yet-still-comfortable keyboard—has been updated with some minor refinements as well as the soft, felt-like covering Microsoft is using on its new Surface Laptop.
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Origin and Etymology of comfortable
First Known Use: 1769
Synonym Discussion of comfortable
COMFORTABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of comfortable for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of comfortable for Students
1 : giving physical ease a comfortable chair
2 : more than what is needed a comfortable income
3 : physically at ease
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