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 \
|Updated on: 17 Aug 2018

Definition of comfortable

1 a : affording or enjoying contentment and security
  • a comfortable income
b : affording or enjoying physical comfort
  • a comfortable chair
  • was too comfortable to move
2 a : 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




play \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

Examples of comfortable in a Sentence

  1. These shoes aren't very comfortable for walking.

  2. I can't seem to find a comfortable position in this chair.

  3. Are you comfortable enough in that chair?

  4. The nurse turned the patient on his side and asked him if he was comfortable.

  5. I was just getting comfortable when the phone rang.

  6. They stayed at a comfortable distance from the crowd.

  7. He has a comfortable job.

  8. She makes a comfortable living as a journalist.

  9. They enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.

Recent Examples of comfortable from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of comfortable

Synonym Discussion of comfortable

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

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


adjective com·fort·able \ ˈkəm-fər-tə-bəl , ˈkəmf-tər-bəl \

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


\-blē\ adjective

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