comfortable

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From Anglo-Norman confortable, from Old French conforter. See comfort.

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comfortable (comparative comfortabler or more comfortable, superlative comfortablest or most comfortable)

  1. (obsolete) Comforting, providing comfort; consolatory. [14th-19th c.]
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.2.6.ii:
      he was going to make away himself; but meeting by chance his master Plotinus, who, perceiving by his distracted looks all was not well, urged him to confess his grief; which when he had heard, he used such comfortable speeches, that he redeemed him e faucibus Erebi […].
    • John Dryden
      a comfortable provision made for their subsistence
  2. Amply sufficient, satisfactory. [from 17th c.]
    A comfortable income should suffice to consider oneself rich.
    The home team is ahead by a comfortable margin.
    • 2011 September 18, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia”, BBC Sport:
      When Hape sauntered over for a try after only three minutes it looked as if England were destined for a comfortable victory, but Georgia are made of sterner stuff, as they showed when running Scotland close in Invercargill last week.
  3. Providing physical comfort and ease; agreeable. [from 18th c.]
    This is the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      We toted in the wood and got the fire going nice and comfortable. Lord James still set in one of the chairs and Applegate had cabbaged the other and was hugging the stove.
  4. In a state of comfort and content. [from 18th c.]
    What a great guestroom! I'll be quite comfortable here.
  5. (obsolete) Strong; vigorous; valiant.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif to this entry?)
    • William Shakespeare
      Thy conceit is nearer death than thy powers. For my sake be comfortable; hold death a while at the arm's end.
  6. (obsolete) Serviceable; helpful.

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Noun[edit]

comfortable (plural comfortables)

  1. (US) A stuffed or quilted coverlet for a bed; a comforter.