Definition of comfortable in English:



  • 1(especially of clothes or furnishings) providing physical ease and relaxation.

    ‘comfortable sturdy shoes’
    ‘relax in a comfortable chair’
    • ‘After dinner, they retired to the family room, which housed a large piano and a comfortable sofa and chairs.’
    • ‘With its soft, comfortable chairs and furnishings, it's an inviting and bright space.’
    • ‘If you find yourself tossing and turning yet again, get out of bed and find a comfortable chair to rest in until you feel tired again.’
    • ‘I figured out about four weeks ago that the library's fireplace always has a fire in it and there are many comfortable couches and chairs to cuddle up in.’
    • ‘Anyone wishing to take part should wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket and cushion to the class.’
    • ‘She brought in some favorite furnishings, including a comfortable couch covered with snowy white fabric.’
    • ‘It was a large bedroom, with a double bed, a comfortable desk, and various sofas and armchairs, which he was quite fond of.’
    • ‘He was dressed in expensive street clothes and comfortable shoes, ready for a day of expensive shopping.’
    • ‘Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and leave that winter coat in the car.’
    • ‘Wear comfortable clothing to bed - cotton is highly recommended.’
    • ‘We put a lot of attention into creating a durable, comfortable shoe with sturdy, slip-resistant soles.’
    • ‘Relaxing colours have been used and waiting areas have been furnished with comfortable sofas.’
    • ‘Trudging to my own room, I quickly changed into much more comfortable clothes, and then plopped down my bed.’
    • ‘She has planned her garden for relaxation, and comfortable furniture is essential.’
    • ‘The attractively clothed sports seats are comfortable and supportive and the driving position perfect for my small frame.’
    • ‘It is best experienced in comfortable shoes and clothes which are easy to remove and not too hot.’
    • ‘In the rest of the world, all walkers need are a pair of good walking shoes, comfortable clothes and sufficient incentive.’
    • ‘Not only chairs, but comfortable sofas await those who climb aloft.’
    • ‘Participants are advised to bring heeled, covered shoes and comfortable clothing.’
    • ‘She wore simple cotton garb, loose, comfortable clothes perfect for the morning's work.’
    cosy, snug, warm, pleasant, enjoyable, agreeable, congenial, plush, well furnished
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    1. 1.1(of a person) physically relaxed and free from constraint.
      ‘he would not be comfortable in any other clothes’
      • ‘He actually used the Cruz stance in 1999 when his bat felt slow, but he was not comfortable at first.’
      • ‘You are immediately comfortable, and it is very easy to drive.’
      • ‘He could mix it physically in games if needed but he was most comfortable when given the space and capacity to show his full range of passes and sublime skills.’
      • ‘I'm quite comfortable where I am - it's the lack of a TV that's my concern.’
      loose, loose-fitting, casual, roomy, soft, slouchy
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    2. 1.2(of a hospital patient) not in pain or in danger.
      ‘he was said to be comfortable in the West Highland Hospital’
      • ‘In addition there were doctors and members of the Vatican Press Office, all making sure that that he was comfortable and that the world was being informed of his state of health.’
      • ‘Fellow staff witnessed her telling doctors that seemingly comfortable patients were in pain, prompting them to prescribe morphine.’
      • ‘Patients should be comfortable whatever their position.’
      • ‘For example writing down, ‘patient had a comfortable night and was in no pain’ was no way near acceptable.’
      • ‘One girl remained in a comfortable condition in hospital yesterday.’
      • ‘He kept wanting to go to sleep, so I just made sure I kept talking to him and that he was comfortable.’
      • ‘Obviously there are terminal patients who are comfortable and want to make the best of their final years, so fair play to them.’
      • ‘School staff administered first aid at the scene, but paramedics soon arrived to make Greg more comfortable and give him pain relief.’
      • ‘His wife suffered serious injuries and is comfortable in York District Hospital.’
      • ‘He said that since the tragedy ‘every effort’ had been made to ensure she was comfortable.’
      • ‘Clearly, hospitals have come along way in many instances of making patients more comfortable.’
      • ‘Patients were much more comfortable and recovered faster after disc replacement than after fusion.’
      • ‘I have had requests for morphine from hospice staff when the patient seems quite comfortable and in no distress.’
      • ‘All three, who come from Pickering, were suffering abdominal and lower back pains, but were comfortable and stable in hospital today.’
      • ‘It ensures the patient is comfortable, manages pain and may offer the patient some emotional support.’
      • ‘These treatments are aimed at making the patient more comfortable.’
      • ‘The injured woman is his daughter and is said to be comfortable in hospital today.’
      • ‘He tried to move and make himself more comfortable, but the pain worsened and he lay back down, sparks flying behind his eyes.’
      • ‘The situation is so dire that staff can't provide the most basic items to ensure people are comfortable.’
      • ‘The injured man was yesterday said to be comfortable in Kerry General Hospital in Tralee.’
    3. 1.3Free from stress or tension.
      ‘they appear very comfortable in each other's company’
      ‘few of us are comfortable with confrontations’
      • ‘People aren't comfortable in that environment; they want to have a say.’
      • ‘She would only go into the University to study in the evening because she was not comfortable being around people.’
      • ‘How did you get to the point where you were comfortable expressing personal, painful feelings in your work?’
      • ‘Because we've become such an open society, people are more comfortable expressing their heritage.’
      • ‘You're only comfortable when there are people around who you think you can impress, and it takes a damn sight more than your tired old rackets to impress this bunch.’
      • ‘She said she wanted to feel whether they'd be comfortable with each other.’
      • ‘This product will allow consumer data to be collected in an environment people are comfortable in - their own homes.’
      • ‘Of course, some people are more comfortable talking about themselves than others and the degree of comfort is often revealing.’
      • ‘Yet it's also one that many people aren't comfortable talking about.’
      • ‘Many women find that, to varying degrees, most people are not comfortable discussing loss.’
      • ‘It's just not something with which most people are comfortable.’
      • ‘As much as her friends drove her crazy, they were the people she was most comfortable around.’
      • ‘It is their pride and joy and to witness the detail around their house, it is easy to understand why they are so comfortable at this beautiful spot.’
      • ‘Physically, we are not comfortable in the face of ceaseless persecution.’
      • ‘The cookies did look very good, but she wasn't comfortable enough to accept free cookies yet.’
      • ‘If you're not comfortable doing something, people can always see through it.’
      • ‘The baby seemed to study Jane, and Jane was not comfortable under the steady, serious-looking gaze.’
      • ‘People are comfortable reporting errors if they believe management is listening.’
      • ‘Things were wrong, and I was always sad, but I wasn't comfortable knowing that people recognized this.’
      • ‘The other volunteers made a big effort to show me the ropes and I was comfortable in no time at all.’
      at ease, at one's ease, relaxed, reassured, confident, secure, safe, serene, tranquil, unworried, contented, happy
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    4. 1.4Free from financial worry; having an adequate standard of living.
      ‘the Rector enjoyed a comfortable lifestyle with plenty of servants’
      • ‘To make ‘a comfortable living’, you have to write two to three books a year.’
      • ‘I mean, you're so comfortable now, you've got all you'll ever need, you've got the desk and the broadcast.’
      • ‘I am glad you and your husband make a comfortable living at a ski resort.’
      • ‘The family, though not wealthy, was financially comfortable by Dominican standards.’
      • ‘The guy in question works for a New York tabloid, making a comfortable living and aspiring to little else.’
      • ‘I recently asked a skilled worker, who enjoys a fairly comfortable standard of living, how he would be affected by a prolonged layoff.’
      • ‘He said he hopes to make a comfortable living from acting - that's his burning ambition.’
      • ‘At no point in my life so far have I or anyone in my family ever been rich, or even remotely comfortable financially.’
      • ‘Instead of a comfortable retirement, a financial desert loomed.’
      • ‘It's not as though I don't make a comfortable living, because I do, but I have rather extravagant tastes.’
      • ‘The inevitable growth of globalisation means that if we are to maintain our very comfortable standard of living we need to work smarter than others.’
      • ‘Despite being very comfortable by Zambian standards, he is a man who does not spend his money carelessly and he is on a salary just like his wife and his workers.’
      • ‘The band are now all approaching 40 and earn a comfortable living from their royalties.’
      • ‘It is not highly stratified economically; most people have a similarly comfortable standard of living.’
      • ‘With technology, it would be easy for a family of five to earn a comfortable living.’
      • ‘His career as Admiral and Governor was consumed with never-ending anxiety to secure a comfortable living.’
      • ‘Standards of living can be very comfortable for those who can get good jobs.’
      • ‘This has had a dramatic affect on the lives of average golf players who now seem to be able to make a comfortable living from their season.’
      • ‘His arrival made him more comfortable financially, but he's leaving.’
      • ‘It made him financially comfortable enough to afford a villa at gorgeously scenic Boppard on the Rhine Gorge.’
      pleasant, free from hardship, well off, well-to-do, affluent, luxurious, gracious, opulent, elegant
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  • 2As large as is needed or wanted.

    ‘a comfortable income’
    • ‘These funds and Social Security payments provide them with a comfortable monthly income.’
    • ‘These women do not have the skill to market their goods to generate a comfortable income.’
    • ‘There is no influence so depoliticising as a comfortable income.’
    • ‘He had in the mean time found a wife for himself after settling in life with a comfortable income leaving his past far, far behind.’
    • ‘How do you plan to manage your assets during retirement so that you can generate a comfortable income?’
    sizeable, substantial, appreciable, significant
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    1. 2.1With a wide margin.
      ‘a comfortable victory’
      • ‘In the end the margin of victory was comfortable enough, but for the departing Bangladeshis, it was very much their day.’
      • ‘They had demonstrated their talent and skills in their next four league fixtures which they had won with comfortable margins.’
      • ‘But a strong second half display saw the home side pull well clear and emerge comfortable victors at the end.’
      • ‘When the money was counted the following day, the organisers realised that the total had exceeded £10,000 by a comfortable margin.’
      • ‘Winning the Varsity matches, and in reasonably comfortable fashion, is cause for celebration.’


  • A warm quilt.


Middle English (in the sense ‘pleasant, pleasing’): from Anglo-Norman French confortable, from conforter to comfort (see comfort).