[kuhmf-tuh-buh l, kuhm-fer-tuh-buh l]


(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.


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
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for comfortably

easily, adequately, snugly, well, agreeably, amply, pleasantly, warmly, cozily

Examples from the Web for comfortably

Contemporary Examples of comfortably

Historical Examples of comfortably

  • 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



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 comfortably

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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper