[kuh m-pan-yuh-nuh-buh l]


possessing the qualities of a good companion; pleasant to be with; congenial.

Origin of companionable

1350–1400; Middle English. See companion1, -able
Related formscom·pan·ion·a·bil·i·ty, com·pan·ion·a·ble·ness, nouncom·pan·ion·a·bly, adverbun·com·pan·ion·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for companionably

Historical Examples of companionably

  • "——and I wish we had some tea-biscuits," concluded Gertie, companionably but firmly.

    The Trail of the Hawk

    Sinclair Lewis

  • "The wife an' me's 'ad a bit of a row," he said companionably.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • And to young women somehow one can never talk so freely, so companionably.

    December Love

    Robert Hichens

  • But he continued to like his new friend; he was so companionably "low flung."

    John March, Southerner

    George W. Cable

  • The dog walks up, and pokes his great honest muzzle among them companionably.

    Hide and Seek

    Wilkie Collins

British Dictionary definitions for companionably



suited to be a companion; sociable
Derived Formscompanionableness or companionability, nouncompanionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for companionably



1620s, from companion + -able. Related: Companionably; companionability.

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