[ kuhm-fer-tuh-buhl, kuhmf-ter-buhl ]
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  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.

  1. (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.

  2. more than adequate or sufficient: a comfortable salary.

  3. Obsolete. cheerful.

  1. Chiefly Northern U.S. a quilted bedcover; comforter.

Origin of comfortable

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Anglo-French word confortable. See comfort, -able

Other words from comfortable

  • com·fort·a·ble·ness, com·fort·a·bil·i·ty [kuhm-fer-tuh-bil-i-tee, kuhmf-ter-bil-i-tee], /ˌkʌm fər təˈbɪl ɪ ti, ˌkʌmf tərˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun
  • com·fort·a·bly, adverb
  • qua·si-com·fort·a·ble, adjective
  • qua·si-com·fort·a·bly, adverb
  • su·per·com·fort·a·ble, adjective

Words Nearby comfortable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use comfortable in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for comfortable


/ (ˈkʌmftəbəl, ˈkʌmfətəbəl) /

  1. giving comfort or physical relief

  2. at ease

  1. free from affliction or pain

  2. (of a person or situation) relaxing

  3. informal having adequate income

  4. informal (of income) adequate to provide comfort

Derived forms of comfortable

  • comfortableness, noun
  • comfortably, adverb

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