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[kuh m-pan-yuh-nuh-buh l] /kəmˈpæn yə nə bəl/
possessing the qualities of a good companion; pleasant to be with; congenial.
Origin of companionable
1350-1400; Middle English. See companion1, -able
Related forms
companionability, companionableness, noun
companionably, adverb
uncompanionable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for companionably
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  • They had been for a stroll after his work, and were coming back now for their tea, silently and companionably, side by side.

    One Woman's Life Robert Herrick
  • But he continued to like his new friend; he was so companionably "low flung."

    John March, Southerner George W. Cable
  • Sea and sky and distant rock were wide awake and companionably smiling.

    Every Man for Himself Norman Duncan
  • A few minutes before, we had been joking together and companionably messing our fingers with oranges upstairs.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • "The wife an' me's 'ad a bit of a row," he said companionably.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • It was thus they sat, companionably, when a Burgh policeman who was well known to Mr. Traill came in to dry himself by the fire.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • "——and I wish we had some tea-biscuits," concluded Gertie, companionably but firmly.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • The two men sat there so companionably that it was hard to believe that for more than two years they had been enemies.

  • Tom Jonah came up to him and they companionably "snuffed noses," as Sammy said.

  • The newspaper men chuckled and nudged each other companionably.

British Dictionary definitions for companionably


suited to be a companion; sociable
Derived Forms
companionableness, companionability, noun
companionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for companionably



1620s, from companion + -able. Related: Companionably; companionability.

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