Definition of comfortable in English:

comfortable

adjective

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

    ‘comfortable sturdy shoes’
    ‘relax in a comfortable chair’
    • ‘We put a lot of attention into creating a durable, comfortable shoe with sturdy, slip-resistant soles.’
    • ‘After dinner, they retired to the family room, which housed a large piano and a comfortable sofa and chairs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Participants are advised to bring heeled, covered shoes and comfortable clothing.’
    • ‘She has planned her garden for relaxation, and comfortable furniture is essential.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wear comfortable clothing to bed - cotton is highly recommended.’
    • ‘Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and leave that winter coat in the car.’
    • ‘It was a large bedroom, with a double bed, a comfortable desk, and various sofas and armchairs, which he was quite fond of.’
    • ‘Trudging to my own room, I quickly changed into much more comfortable clothes, and then plopped down my bed.’
    • ‘He was dressed in expensive street clothes and comfortable shoes, ready for a day of expensive shopping.’
    • ‘The attractively clothed sports seats are comfortable and supportive and the driving position perfect for my small frame.’
    • ‘She brought in some favorite furnishings, including a comfortable couch covered with snowy white fabric.’
    • ‘Relaxing colours have been used and waiting areas have been furnished with comfortable sofas.’
    • ‘With its soft, comfortable chairs and furnishings, it's an inviting and bright space.’
    • ‘She wore simple cotton garb, loose, comfortable clothes perfect for the morning's work.’
    • ‘Not only chairs, but comfortable sofas await those who climb aloft.’
    • ‘Anyone wishing to take part should wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket and cushion to the class.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 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.’
      • ‘You are immediately comfortable, and it is very easy to drive.’
      • ‘He actually used the Cruz stance in 1999 when his bat felt slow, but he was not comfortable at first.’
      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’
      • ‘He tried to move and make himself more comfortable, but the pain worsened and he lay back down, sparks flying behind his eyes.’
      • ‘Obviously there are terminal patients who are comfortable and want to make the best of their final years, so fair play to them.’
      • ‘The injured man was yesterday said to be comfortable in Kerry General Hospital in Tralee.’
      • ‘Patients were much more comfortable and recovered faster after disc replacement than after fusion.’
      • ‘Fellow staff witnessed her telling doctors that seemingly comfortable patients were in pain, prompting them to prescribe morphine.’
      • ‘The situation is so dire that staff can't provide the most basic items to ensure people are comfortable.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘School staff administered first aid at the scene, but paramedics soon arrived to make Greg more comfortable and give him pain relief.’
      • ‘Clearly, hospitals have come along way in many instances of making patients more comfortable.’
      • ‘For example writing down, ‘patient had a comfortable night and was in no pain’ was no way near acceptable.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Patients should be comfortable whatever their position.’
      • ‘I have had requests for morphine from hospice staff when the patient seems quite comfortable and in no distress.’
      • ‘The injured woman is his daughter and is said to be comfortable in hospital today.’
      • ‘All three, who come from Pickering, were suffering abdominal and lower back pains, but were comfortable and stable in hospital today.’
    3. 1.3 Free from stress or tension.
      ‘they appear very comfortable in each other's company’
      ‘few of us are comfortable with confrontations’
      • ‘Yet it's also one that many people aren't comfortable talking about.’
      • ‘Of course, some people are more comfortable talking about themselves than others and the degree of comfort is often revealing.’
      • ‘It's just not something with which most people are comfortable.’
      • ‘How did you get to the point where you were comfortable expressing personal, painful feelings in your work?’
      • ‘The other volunteers made a big effort to show me the ropes and I was comfortable in no time at all.’
      • ‘She would only go into the University to study in the evening because she was not comfortable being around people.’
      • ‘Because we've become such an open society, people are more comfortable expressing their heritage.’
      • ‘The cookies did look very good, but she wasn't comfortable enough to accept free cookies yet.’
      • ‘People are comfortable reporting errors if they believe management is listening.’
      • ‘This product will allow consumer data to be collected in an environment people are comfortable in - their own homes.’
      • ‘Things were wrong, and I was always sad, but I wasn't comfortable knowing that people recognized this.’
      • ‘The baby seemed to study Jane, and Jane was not comfortable under the steady, serious-looking gaze.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She said she wanted to feel whether they'd be comfortable with each other.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As much as her friends drove her crazy, they were the people she was most comfortable around.’
      • ‘If you're not comfortable doing something, people can always see through it.’
      • ‘Many women find that, to varying degrees, most people are not comfortable discussing loss.’
      • ‘People aren't comfortable in that environment; they want to have a say.’
      • ‘Physically, we are not comfortable in the face of ceaseless persecution.’
      at ease, at one's ease, relaxed, reassured, confident, secure, safe, serene, tranquil, unworried, contented, happy
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    4. 1.4 Free from financial worry; having an adequate standard of living.
      ‘the Rector enjoyed a comfortable lifestyle with plenty of servants’
      • ‘I am glad you and your husband make a comfortable living at a ski resort.’
      • ‘With technology, it would be easy for a family of five to earn a comfortable living.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It made him financially comfortable enough to afford a villa at gorgeously scenic Boppard on the Rhine Gorge.’
      • ‘I mean, you're so comfortable now, you've got all you'll ever need, you've got the desk and the broadcast.’
      • ‘The family, though not wealthy, was financially comfortable by Dominican standards.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Standards of living can be very comfortable for those who can get good jobs.’
      • ‘The band are now all approaching 40 and earn a comfortable living from their royalties.’
      • ‘Instead of a comfortable retirement, a financial desert loomed.’
      • ‘At no point in my life so far have I or anyone in my family ever been rich, or even remotely comfortable financially.’
      • ‘It's not as though I don't make a comfortable living, because I do, but I have rather extravagant tastes.’
      • ‘To make ‘a comfortable living’, you have to write two to three books a year.’
      • ‘He said he hopes to make a comfortable living from acting - that's his burning ambition.’
      • ‘His career as Admiral and Governor was consumed with never-ending anxiety to secure a comfortable living.’
      • ‘His arrival made him more comfortable financially, but he's leaving.’
      • ‘It is not highly stratified economically; most people have a similarly comfortable standard of living.’
      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’
    • ‘How do you plan to manage your assets during retirement so that you can generate a comfortable income?’
    • ‘There is no influence so depoliticising as a comfortable income.’
    • ‘These women do not have the skill to market their goods to generate a comfortable income.’
    • ‘These funds and Social Security payments provide them with a comfortable monthly 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.’
    sizeable, substantial, appreciable, significant
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    1. 2.1 With a wide margin.
      ‘a comfortable victory’
      • ‘They had demonstrated their talent and skills in their next four league fixtures which they had won with comfortable margins.’
      • ‘When the money was counted the following day, the organisers realised that the total had exceeded £10,000 by a comfortable margin.’
      • ‘But a strong second half display saw the home side pull well clear and emerge comfortable victors at the end.’
      • ‘Winning the Varsity matches, and in reasonably comfortable fashion, is cause for celebration.’
      • ‘In the end the margin of victory was comfortable enough, but for the departing Bangladeshis, it was very much their day.’

noun

US
dialect
  • A warm quilt.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

comfortable

/ˈkʌmf(ə)təb(ə)l/