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 companionable (audio) \ noun
companionableness noun
companionably \ kəm-​ˈpan-​yə-​nə-​blē How to pronounce companionable (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.

Examples of companionable in a Sentence

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 Through vignettes and journal entries, Lightman offers observations in a tone that is edifying and companionable – a bonus for those of us who are not theoretical physicists like the author. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Cosmic grandeur pervades Alan Lightman’s ‘Probable Impossibilities’," 16 Mar. 2021 The finest of these movies offer up their own companionable glow. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Home theater: Bring the family together with the Beatles and ‘Babe’," 30 Sep. 2020 One of the toughest parts of the lockdown for me has been the lack of companionable events to look forward to. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Before the pandemic, a single woman kept loneliness at bay by going out with couples," 21 Aug. 2020 This is her voice: deadpan, confiding, companionable. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "The Wildly Funny Samantha Irby Is Back, Not a Moment Too Soon," 1 Apr. 2020 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

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First Known Use of companionable

1593, in the meaning defined above

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“Companionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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