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comfortable

[kuhmf-tuh-buh l, kuhm-fer-tuh-buh l] /ˈkʌmf tə bəl, ˈkʌm fər tə bəl/
adjective
1.
(of clothing, furniture, etc.) producing or affording physical comfort, support, or ease:
a comfortable chair; comfortable shoes.
2.
being in a state of physical or mental comfort; contented and undisturbed; at ease:
to be comfortable in new shoes; I don't feel comfortable in the same room with her.
3.
(of a person, situation, etc.) producing mental comfort or ease; easy to accommodate oneself to or associate with:
She's a comfortable person to be with.
4.
more than adequate or sufficient:
a comfortable salary.
5.
Obsolete, cheerful.
noun
6.
Chiefly Northern U.S. a quilted bedcover; comforter.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French confortable. See comfort, -able
Related forms
comfortableness, comfortability, noun
comfortably, adverb
quasi-comfortable, adjective
quasi-comfortably, adverb
supercomfortable, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for comfortably

comfortable

/ˈkʌmftəbəl; ˈkʌmfətəbəl/
adjective
1.
giving comfort or physical relief
2.
at ease
3.
free from affliction or pain
4.
(of a person or situation) relaxing
5.
(informal) having adequate income
6.
(informal) (of income) adequate to provide comfort
Derived Forms
comfortableness, noun
comfortably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for comfortably
adv.

late 14c., "pleasantly, enjoyably," from comfortable + -ly (2). Meaning "in a state of comfort" is 1630s.

comfortable

adj.

mid-14c., "affording mental comfort," from Anglo-French confortable, from conforter "to comfort" (see comfort (v.)); also see -able. Meaning "offering physical comfort" is attested from 1769; that of "in a state of tranquil enjoyment" is from 1770.

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