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[kuh m-pan-yuh-nuh-buh l] /kəmˈpæn yə nə bəl/
possessing the qualities of a good companion; pleasant to be with; congenial.
Origin of companionable
1350-1400; Middle English. See companion1, -able
Related forms
companionability, companionableness, noun
companionably, adverb
uncompanionable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for companionably
Historical Examples
  • "——and I wish we had some tea-biscuits," concluded Gertie, companionably but firmly.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • "The wife an' me's 'ad a bit of a row," he said companionably.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • And to young women somehow one can never talk so freely, so companionably.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • But he continued to like his new friend; he was so companionably "low flung."

    John March, Southerner George W. Cable
  • The dog walks up, and pokes his great honest muzzle among them companionably.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
  • A few minutes before, we had been joking together and companionably messing our fingers with oranges upstairs.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • It was thus they sat, companionably, when a Burgh policeman who was well known to Mr. Traill came in to dry himself by the fire.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • Sea and sky and distant rock were wide awake and companionably smiling.

    Every Man for Himself Norman Duncan
  • Tom Jonah came up to him and they companionably "snuffed noses," as Sammy said.

  • The two men sat there so companionably that it was hard to believe that for more than two years they had been enemies.

British Dictionary definitions for companionably


suited to be a companion; sociable
Derived Forms
companionableness, companionability, noun
companionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for companionably



1620s, from companion + -able. Related: Companionably; companionability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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