verb (used with object)
- comfort food,
- comfort letter,
- comfort station,
- comfort stop,
- comfort woman
Origin of comfort
Examples from the Web for comfort
Talking about death is never easy, but with food, comfort, and familiarity, a new kind of dinner party is making it easier.
The doctor tells me I can walk on it right away, “as comfort allows.”
Liberals either boast or comfort themselves that their own beliefs push humanity forward.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.|Ana Marie Cox|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But, if anything, the endurance made the desire for comfort food even greater.
Cereal brings back memories of lazy mornings and easy extravagance, a time when worries were few and comfort was plenty.
If you are determined to expel all comfort from your house, be a Drunkard; and you will soon do it effectually.Select Temperance Tracts|American Tract Society
Everything that he did was with a view to her comfort and happiness.Unfettered|Sutton E. Griggs
She moaned and wept and refused all comfort, until one night she closed her eyes on the world which had been so harsh and bitter.The Bishop's Secret|Fergus Hume
The skin of the little brown bat did not comfort the Fire Eater in his fallen state.The Way of an Indian|Frederic Remington
It seemed heartless to be sitting down in comfort to so good a supper while her father was in she knew not how great distress.Crooked Trails and Straight|William MacLeod Raine
Word Origin for comfort
late 13c., conforten "to cheer up, console," from Old French conforter "to comfort, to solace; to help, strengthen," from Late Latin confortare "to strengthen much" (used in Vulgate), from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + fortis "strong" (see fort). Change of -n- to -m- began in English 14c. Related: Comforted; comforting.
c.1200, "feeling of relief" (as still in to take comfort in something); also "source of alleviation or relief;" from Old French confort (see comfort (v.)). Replaced Old English frofor. Comforts (as opposed to necessities and luxuries) is from 1650s.
see cold comfort; creature comforts; too close for comfort.