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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Frenchconfit (preserved fruit), from Latin cōnfectum.[1]


  • IPA(key): /ˈkʌmfɪt/
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comfit (plural comfits)

  1. A confection consisting of a nut, seed or fruit coated with sugar.
    • Proverb, quoted in Robert Christy, Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages, New York, London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1887, [1]
      A bean in liberty is better than a comfit in prison.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1, Act III, Scene 1, [2]
      Heart! you swear like a comfit-maker's wife.
    • 1869, Louisa May Alcott, "Perilous Play," [3]
      "Why, what are they?" she asked, looking at him askance. ¶ "Hashish; did you never hear of it?" ¶ "Oh, yes; it's that Indian stuff which brings one fantastic visions, isn't it? I've always wanted to see and taste it, and now I will," cried Belle, nibbling at one of the bean-shaped comfits with its green heart.
    • 1922, James Elroy Flecker, The Story of Hassan of Baghdad and How he Came to Make the Golden Journey to Samarkand, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Act I, p. 17, [4]
      But since I ate your present of comfits—and they were admirable comfits, and I ate them with speed—my heart is changed and inclined toward you, I know not why or how, except it be through magic.
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comfit (third-person singular simple present comfits, present participle comfiting, simple past and past participle comfited)

  1. (transitive) To preserve dry with sugar.
    • 17th c, Abraham Cowley, The First Nemeæan Ode of Pindar: The Muse, 1795, Robert Anderson (editor), The Works of the British Poets, Volume 5, page 302,
      The fruit which does ſo quickly waſte, // Men ſcarce can ſee it, much leſs taſte, // Thou comfiteſt in ſweets to make it laſt.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for comfit in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

Etymology 2[edit]

Acronym, from Computer Facial Identification Techniques.


comfit (plural comfits)

  1. (Australia) A computerised image of a suspect produced for the police force.


  1. ^ "comfit", entry in Online Etymology Dictionary.