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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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  • At the breakfast-table, comfortably near the hearth, sat Horace Milbrey.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Harlowe House will hold, comfortably, thirty-two girls and no more.

  • The place we entered was a comfortably furnished bachelor's apartment.

  • So few men know how to arrange one comfortably in a steamer chair.'

  • “I think von Francius would be a fiend if he could,” said Karl, comfortably.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill


British Dictionary definitions for comfortably

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 comfortably

adv.

late 14c., "pleasantly, enjoyably," from comfortable + -ly (2). Meaning "in a state of comfort" is 1630s.

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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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