com·​pan·​ion·​able | \ kəm-ˈpan-yə-nə-bəl How to pronounce companionable (audio) \

Definition of companionable

: marked by, conducive to, or suggestive of companionship : sociable companionable people companionable laughter

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Other Words from companionable

companionability \ kəm-​ˌpan-​yə-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce companionability (audio) \ noun
companionableness noun
companionably \ kəm-​ˈpan-​yə-​nə-​blē How to pronounce companionably (audio) \ adverb

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A "companionable" person is someone who (etymologically at least) is willing to share bread with you. "Companionable" is the adjective form of "companion," which ultimately derives from a combination of the Latin prefix com-, meaning "with" or "together," and the noun panis, meaning "bread, loaf, or food." "Companionable" first appeared in print in English in the 16th century (companion has been in use since the 14th). Other descendants of "panis" include "pantry" (a place for storing food), "pannier" (a basket such as might carry food), and "panettone" (a kind of yeast bread). Even "food" itself is derived from the same ancient root that gave rise to "panis" in Latin.

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a companionable pat on the back let me know that my shipmates were now my friends a good club for companionable enthusiasts of the great outdoors
Recent Examples on the Web Science has spoken: Getting a border collie to stop herding city pigeons or a Doberman pinscher to be more companionable or a springer spaniel to stop flushing prey is going to be a heavy lift for even an expert dog whisperer. Sharon Begley, Scientific American, "Canine MRIs Sniff Out How Human Preferences Shaped Dogs’ Hallmark Traits," 3 Sep. 2019 And Pitt, at 55, is so companionable, so grounded and resolute, that spending two hours with him is like leaning comfortably against a cool slab of granite. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Is Ad Astra the Most Emo Space Movie Ever Made?," 19 Sep. 2019 And more: a scrawny-armed, hapless-yet-optimistic monster; a pair of companionable roommates whose opposite moods adhere to old vaudeville routines; and a sweetly naive canary who stands eight feet tall and keeps a nest in the alley. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "A friend to everyone," 2 Dec. 2019 Working through the senses gives physical connectedness and belonging to people starved of social contact and companionable touch. Fay Bound Alberti, Quartz, "The problem with medicalizing loneliness," 25 Nov. 2019 But each narrator is a companionable guide, and each book has juicy tidbits to offer. David Greenberg, Washington Post, "Two accounts of Watergate remind readers: No one knew how it would end," 15 Nov. 2019 Dogs are highly companionable, obedient, and playful animals. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Our beloved pets leave paw prints on our hearts," 21 Sep. 2019 The two have been companionable, even as Warren steadily gains on Sanders in the polls. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Today: What two rallies tell us about the 2020 race," 19 Aug. 2019 There was a sundeck and two hot tubs, a library full of South Sea literature, a cozy bar with live music, a spa for soothing massages, a gym to work off those long lunches, and a manifest of companionable and well-traveled fellow passengers. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Polynesia's Islands by Cruise," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of companionable

1593, in the meaning defined above

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“Companionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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