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


comfy, cozy, cushy, easy, snug, soft



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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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The focus groups also revealed that older and female participants were less likely to feel comfortable driving after using marijuana. Sarah Wu,, "State launches TV ads to discourage residents from driving impaired," 14 Aug. 2019 Perhaps the Bears saw enough of the young back Thursday against the Panthers to feel comfortable shutting him down for the rest of the preseason. Dan Wiederer,, "‘It was an average run’: Bears coach Matt Nagy is fighting to pull the David Montgomery hype train back into the station," 9 Aug. 2019 This is really a house where our guests feel comfortable. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... The Wauwinet," 9 Aug. 2019 As Indian diners increasingly get comfortable with pairing wines with food, the country’s first and only water sommelier wants them to start paying close attention to their water. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Never heard of a water sommelier? Neither did we till we met Ganesh Iyer," 31 July 2019 Fortunately, veterinarians are available to discuss options to keep everyone in the household comfortable and happy. Ilana Halperin, The Conversation, "Curious Kids: How are cats declawed, and is it painful?," 30 July 2019 Ahead of the second round of debates, the former vice president shouldn’t get too comfortable as his party’s front-runner. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Is Biden Really Democrats’ Best Bet?," 29 July 2019 European automakers have truly mastered the art of making high-performance SUVs that are both comfortable and an absolute blast to drive, and the 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid aptly shows Porsche's mastery. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid first drive: This plug-in hybrid is a blast," 24 July 2019 The notoriously private pair at first kept their relationship under wraps before getting more comfortable sharing social media posts and comments about one another. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart Have Reportedly Split," 23 July 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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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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