comfortable

adjective
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

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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With Greg Robinson now firmly entrenched as Cleveland’s starting left tackle, the Browns felt comfortable moving on from Harrison, who had developed a reputation for not putting in the work to improve his development. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Desmond Harrison released by Arizona Cardinals after strangulation, assault charges," 17 July 2019 No offense was going to score on the Bears that frigid afternoon, but fans were waiting for one more score to truly feel comfortable. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 54, Wilber Marshall," 14 July 2019 In a world where temperatures vary some 500 degrees, from 243 degrees above zero in sunlight, to 279 below in shadow, the men in the spacesuits felt comfortable. Washington Post, "AP Was There: Man walks on the moon," 13 July 2019 Marisa Rivas never felt comfortable living as a woman, but doesn’t identify as a man either. NBC News, "Neither male nor female: Why some nonbinary people are 'microdosing' hormones," 13 July 2019 But the history of Spanish in the United States, and who feels comfortable speaking it publicly, is complicated. Jennifer Medina, New York Times, "Do Latino Voters Really Care if the 2020 Candidates Speak Spanish?," 5 July 2019 But beyond that, Keia wanted to make sure the home was a place where the whole family felt comfortable. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Cheerful, Colorful Renovation Is the Perfect New Home for a Moving Military Family," 2 July 2019 O’Rourke, a border native who feels comfortable speaking Spanish, started with the Spanish right away. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Democrats took a risk by speaking Spanish during the debate," 27 June 2019 Levitt noted that states now intend to work directly with and inspect Canadian wholesalers, which should make Americans more comfortable about drug safety. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "These 3 states plan to import prescription medications from Canada; will more follow?," 29 June 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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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 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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