One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person or thing that provides consolation.‘he is friend, comforter, and guardian’‘a cup of tea was our universal cure-all and comforter’
- ‘As long as women are willing to play the comforter role, why should our somnolent male character bother to deal with a relationship with a woman who wants to be treated as an equal?’
- ‘When afflicted, he scandalizes his comforters by damning the day that he was born.’
- ‘Faith is a great comforter in a time of despair, such as when worrying about one's own death or that of friends or relatives.’
- ‘My own will find him to be comforter, equal and friend.’
- ‘Contemporary observers ‘see’ angels regularly, whether as personal guardians, spiritual leaders, healers, or comforters.’
- ‘The comforter will ask why the other girl is crying.’
- ‘It was so hard to comfort the comforter; she already knew all the rules.’
- ‘Besides, I've obviously become the designated comforter in this friendship.’
- ‘It is the American dream, but also the socialist Utopia, the glimmer of hope for the poor, the comforter of the oppressed who yearn for salvation.’
- ‘The idea of the land as comforter is also expressed in his work.’
- ‘Many people, it is true, are morbidly fascinated by deadlocks and stand-offs and cling to them as old friends and comforters.’
- ‘These reviews aren't interesting, they're not poking at anything much, they're comforters for the regular readers.’
- ‘Credit the heroic firemen, police and rescue workers; praise hospitable friends and comforters.’
- ‘It is easy to see why people describe her as the country's comforter - in-chief.’
- ‘He accepted the offer and became his muse, his comforter, and his constant companion for the next twenty-three years.’
- ‘And this makes sense, you have to admit, in a moment of grief since Newt is so smooth-tongued and sort of a comforter.’
- ‘Whenever she is upset about something, she uses death as a comforter.’
- ‘Yesterday, his role was that of a prayer of the faithful reader and a comforter to his distraught mum.’
- 1.1British A baby's dummy.
- ‘Some parents give their babies comforters for sleep time - but remember, if your baby can't find her comforter during the night she'll probably call for you to find it.’
2dated A woollen scarf.
- ‘He goes on to give a vivid picture of the field mice lining up to sing with their red worsted comforters around their throats and their feet jigging for warmth; for this description alone the story should be read.’
3North American A warm quilt.
- ‘Detailed and tailored to perfect, you can use this as the base to build upon from the multitude of bed dressing such as duvet covers, comforters, pillow shams and so much more.’
- ‘I stretched out, deliciously warm beneath a down comforter and flannel sheets, with my head propped on his chest.’
- ‘She threw off her covers with much protest as the chilly California winter breeze nipped at her skin and tempted her to crawl back into her warm comforters and sleep the day away.’
- ‘Father was in his king-sized bed, propped up with feather pillows, half-buried under quilts and comforters.’
- ‘And I turned over and pulled my warm comforter over my head.’
- ‘Egyptian cottons are used to create bedding of all types from sheets to pillowcases to comforters.’
- ‘Find out everything you need to know about choosing the perfect blankets, pillows, bed linens, comforters, and other bedding here now.’
- ‘Don't use pillows, comforters, quilts, and other soft or plush items on the bed.’
- ‘She closed her heavy eyes as she whimpered under the warm comforter.’
- ‘The warm comforter wrapped itself around his body.’
- ‘She couldn't help but snuggle against the warm comforter, taking in its scent and texture.’
- ‘She must stretch her aching limbs and come out from underneath her warm comforter.’
- ‘Ten minutes later, I was dead to the world yet again, buried deep beneath my warm comforter and cotton sheets.’
- ‘That means placing baby on his back on a firm, flat mattress and not adding extra mattresses or any soft bedding, such as pillows, quilts or comforters.’
- ‘Turning off my phone, I dive once more beneath warm comforters and pull them over my head.’
- ‘This looks like a blanket or comforter - fuzzy and warm.’
- ‘The other four artifacts are technically comforters rather than true quilts because they are tied rather than quilted.’
- ‘She hugged her pillow and snuggled under the warm comforter, but the sound of running water pried her eyes open again.’
- ‘She returned a minute later with a comforter and a quilt.’
- ‘She opened her eyes again and found herself on a comfortable bed, covered with a blue quilt and a white comforter.’
Late Middle English: from Old French comforteor, from conforter ‘to comfort’ (see comfort).
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