comfortable

[ kuhmf-tuh-buh l, kuhm-fer-tuh-buh l ]
/ ˈkʌmf tə bəl, ˈkʌm fər tə bəl /

adjective

(of clothing, furniture, etc.) producing or affording physical comfort, support, or ease: a comfortable chair; comfortable shoes.
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.
(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.
more than adequate or sufficient: a comfortable salary.
Obsolete. cheerful.

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. comfort letter,
  2. comfort station,
  3. comfort stop,
  4. comfort woman,
  5. comfort zone,
  6. comfortable as an old shoe, as,
  7. comfortably,
  8. comforter,
  9. comforting,
  10. comfrey

Origin of comfortable

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

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British Dictionary definitions for comfortable

comfortable

/ (ˈkʌmftəbəl, ˈkʌmfətəbəl) /

adjective

giving comfort or physical relief
at ease
free from affliction or pain
(of a person or situation) relaxing
informal having adequate income
informal (of income) adequate to provide comfort
Derived Formscomfortableness, nouncomfortably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for comfortable

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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