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See also: Comforter



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



comforter (plural comforters)

  1. A person who comforts someone who is suffering.
    Synonym: consoler
    • 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
      Let no comforter delight mine ear / But such a one whose wrongs do suit with mine.
    • 1959, Anthony Burgess, Beds in the East (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 511:
      The comforters, relaxed in sarongs after the day's work, kicked off their sandals at the top of Syed Omar's steps and made their obeisances to the wives, to the elder children, and to the gloomy head of the house.
  2. (US) A padded cover for a bed, duvet, continental quilt.
    Synonyms: duvet, (continental) quilt
  3. (dated, chiefly Britain) A woollen scarf for winter.
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, Chapter 29,[1]
      [] round his neck he wore a flaming red worsted comforter, whereof the straggling ends peeped out beneath his threadbare Newmarket coat, which was very tight and buttoned all the way up.
    • 1881, Felix L. Oswald, “Physical Education,” Popular Science Monthly June, 1881, p. 148,[2]
      The American schoolboy takes off his comforter and unbuttons his jacket before going in for a snowball fight.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, in The Fate of the Artemis[3]:
      [] Captain Markam had been found lying half-insensible, gagged and bound, on the floor of the sitting-room, his hands and feet tightly pinioned, and a woollen comforter wound closely round his mouth and neck; whilst Mrs. Markham's jewel-case, containing valuable jewellery and the secret plans of Port Arthur, had disappeared. []
  4. (Britain, New Zealand, Australia) A pacifier.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:pacifier