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 comfortable (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 Many women in Kuwait do not feel comfortable reporting cases of harassment to police. Washington Post, "Outrage in Kuwait after woman stabbed to death by man she reported repeatedly for harassment," 22 Apr. 2021 And just as important as choosing a swimsuit that is functional and comfortable is finding one that gives you confidence. Leila Najafi, Travel + Leisure, "The 20 Best Women’s Swimsuits for Every Body Type," 22 Apr. 2021 This heavy duty juicer crusher has a long and light handle with a comfortable rubber grip that’s easy to use. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Manual Fruit Juicer," 22 Apr. 2021 Get up to 30 hours of playtime on a single charge and settle in for long commutes or plane trips with the comfortable, ergonomic fit. Tim Chan, Billboard, "5 Pairs of Musician-Endorsed Headphones You Can Get Online," 22 Apr. 2021 Clear instructions and graphics offer a comfortable starting point for beginners, while increasingly complex patterns accommodate more experienced needlers. Sara Bosworth, WSJ, "A Mother’s Day Gift Guide to Indulge her Hobbies," 22 Apr. 2021 This group is for beginning and/or advanced beginning riders who are just getting comfortable riding mountain bikes and single track trails. Anchorage Daily News, "2021 Summer Camps," 21 Apr. 2021 Dress for success: Put on those comfortable shoes as standing and walking throughout the process may be necessary. Dr. Karine Tawagi, ABC News, "How to prepare for your long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine appointment," 21 Apr. 2021 The Active Pro is aimed at people who already have some experience of wearing a hearing aid, but who want something that looks less like a hearing aid and feels comfortable to wear all day long. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Signia Reveals Hearing Aids With Wireless Earbud Technology And Artificial Intelligence," 21 Apr. 2021

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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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25 Apr 2021

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“Comfortable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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