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comfortable

[kuhmf-tuh-buh l, kuhm-fer-tuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. (of clothing, furniture, etc.) producing or affording physical comfort, support, or ease: a comfortable chair; comfortable shoes.
  2. being in a state of physical or mental comfort; contented and undisturbed; at ease: to be comfortable in new shoes; I don't feel comfortable in the same room with her.
  3. (of a person, situation, etc.) producing mental comfort or ease; easy to accommodate oneself to or associate with: She's a comfortable person to be with.
  4. more than adequate or sufficient: a comfortable salary.
  5. Obsolete. cheerful.
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noun
  1. Chiefly Northern U.S. a quilted bedcover; comforter.
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Origin of comfortable

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Anglo-French word confortable. See comfort, -able
Related formscom·fort·a·ble·ness, com·fort·a·bil·i·ty, nouncom·fort·a·bly, adverbqua·si-com·fort·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-com·fort·a·bly, adverbsu·per·com·fort·a·ble, adjective
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Related Words for comfortable

complacent, enjoyable, serene, satisfying, useful, cozy, healthy, convenient, relaxed, loose, pleasant, appropriate, snug, easy, soft, pleased, warm, happy, prosperous, cushy

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Historical Examples of comfortable

  • It is a well-known fact that all living beings like to be comfortable.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • There, by the light of a lantern, he and Jud made Andrew as comfortable as possible.

  • They are probably the richest and most comfortable population of Europe at this hour.

  • Truth to tell, Burke was far from comfortable under that survey.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • It had the well-worn look of an old coat, shabby but comfortable.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart


British Dictionary definitions for comfortable

comfortable

adjective
  1. giving comfort or physical relief
  2. at ease
  3. free from affliction or pain
  4. (of a person or situation) relaxing
  5. informal having adequate income
  6. informal (of income) adequate to provide comfort
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Derived Formscomfortableness, nouncomfortably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for comfortable

adj.

mid-14c., "affording mental comfort," from Anglo-French confortable, from conforter "to comfort" (see comfort (v.)); also see -able. Meaning "offering physical comfort" is attested from 1769; that of "in a state of tranquil enjoyment" is from 1770.

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