[ cheyn-juh-buhl ]
/ ˈtʃeɪn dʒə bəl /


liable to change or to be changed; variable.
of changing color or appearance: changeable silk.

Nearby words

  1. change ringing,
  2. change round,
  3. change the subject,
  4. change up,
  5. change-ringing,
  6. changedness,
  7. changeful,
  8. changefully,
  9. changeless,
  10. changelessly

Origin of changeable

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at change, -able

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for changeable

British Dictionary definitions for changeable


/ (ˈtʃeɪndʒəbəl) /


able to change or be changed; ficklechangeable weather
varying in colour when viewed from different angles or in different lights
Derived Formschangeability or changeableness, nounchangeably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for changeable



mid-13c., "unstable, inconstant, unreliable," from Old French changeable "inconstant," from changier (see change (v.)) + -able (see -able). Meaning "subject to variation" is from late 14c. Related: Changeably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper