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comfortable

[kuhmf-tuh-buh l, kuhm-fer-tuh-buh l]
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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Examples from the Web for comfortableness

Historical Examples

  • They would all have been ready to cushion themselves on her comfortableness.

    Buried Alive: A Tale of These Days

    Arnold Bennett

  • Harriet's fundamental quality is homeliness, comfortableness.

  • It is a moral frost which no physical warmth or comfortableness could counteract.

  • Sins of that kind affected the reputation of her mansion, and jarred, moreover, on her sense of comfortableness.

    The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant

    Alexander Johnstone Wilson

  • It is a moral frost which no physical warmth or comfortableness could 68 counteract.

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster


British Dictionary definitions for comfortableness

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 comfortableness

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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