Definition of companionable in US English:



  • 1(of a person) friendly and sociable.

    ‘a companionable young man’
    • ‘Second, try to be at least a little companionable while we're stuck here.’
    • ‘Of the entire team, Elvira was the most companionable, genial and impressionable member, always bubbling with enthusiasm and high spirits.’
    • ‘I wasn't far down my first beer when I decided he was probably the most companionable man I'd ever met.’
    • ‘Then, too, Harrison was more of a companionable colleague than a charismatic authority figure who vigorously promoted his ideas and nurtured disciples.’
    • ‘He is always a companionable narrator, but he also knows when to let his subjects speak for themselves.’
    • ‘The two evolved from antagonistic opponents to companionable partners, and would play practice rounds all day.’
    • ‘She realized she had lost the companionable Nick and was once again confronted with the strange, quiet, and somewhat frightening, angry Nick.’
    • ‘But the site of them, unquarreling, almost companionable, prompted me to resume it.’
    • ‘He loves me because he believes I am beautiful, and we are generally companionable.’
    • ‘He was companionable to the few who came within his favor but never hesitated to speak his mind, however unpleasant the impression left.’
    • ‘Jim finds him to be ‘a most companionable fellow’.’
    • ‘She is an informative, analytically rigorous, yet always companionable and deeply humane guide through the moral thicket that is early 21st century assisted reproduction.’
    • ‘Annoyingly, they have for the most part turned out to be pleasant, companionable, warm, decent folk.’
    • ‘Others find him less than companionable because of these qualities.’
    • ‘Amy didn't so much laugh as cough, and Father Marino, companionable, did too.’
    • ‘This battle-scared male veteran was missing his right eye and many teeth, had several fresh wounds which had to be treated, and yet was very compliant and companionable.’
    • ‘Literature is filled with companionable, often jesting and jawboning mates, an endless procession of Nicks and Noras and Mr. and Mrs. Bennetts.’
    • ‘Continuing upward, we passed an old log barn from which we could hear the companionable gurgles and neck bells of sheep, safely shut away behind a door.’
    friendly, affable, cordial, genial, congenial, amiable, easy-going, approachable, sympathetic, well disposed, good-natured, neighbourly, hospitable, comradely, easy to get along with
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    1. 1.1 (of a shared situation) relaxed and pleasant.
      ‘they walked in companionable silence’
      • ‘Her mother and father were seated together on the sofa, sharing the evening's newspaper in companionable silence.’
      • ‘It was that nice companionable silence again, and I enjoyed it.’
      • ‘The two drank their coffees in companionable silence, both significantly more relaxed than when they came in.’
      • ‘They are sharing, in a companionable silence somehow caught on camera, a moment of profound reflection and thought.’
      • ‘After that remark, the three friends kept to a companionable silence.’


Early 17th century: alteration of obsolete companiable, influenced by companion.