Definition of comfortable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkʌmftəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌmftəbl//
    ; BrE also BrE//ˈkʌmfətəbl//
    ; NAmE also NAmE//ˈkʌmfərtəbl//
    Describing clothes, Confident
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  1. 1  (of clothes, furniture, etc.) making you feel physically relaxed; pleasant to wear, sit on, etc. It's such a comfortable bed. These new shoes are not very comfortable. a warm comfortable house Let me slip into something more comfortable (= change into more comfortable clothing). opposite uncomfortable See related entries: Describing clothes
  2. physically relaxed
  3. 2  feeling physically relaxed in a pleasant way; warm enough, without pain, etc. Are you comfortable? She shifted into a more comfortable position on the chair. Please make yourself comfortable while I get some coffee. The patient is comfortable (= not in pain) after his operation. opposite uncomfortable
  4. confident
  5. 3  confident and not worried or afraid He's more comfortable with computers than with people. I never feel very comfortable in her presence. opposite uncomfortable See related entries: Confident
  6. having money
  7. 4  having enough money to buy what you want without worrying about the cost They're not millionaires, but they're certainly very comfortable. He makes a comfortable living. They come from comfortable middle-class families. Synonymsrichwealthy prosperous affluent well off comfortableThese words all describe somebody/​something that has a lot of money, property or valuable possessions.rich (of a person) having a lot of money, property or valuable possessions; (of a country or city) producing a lot of wealth so that many of its people can live at a high standardwealthy richrich or wealthy?There is no real difference in meaning between these two words. Both are very frequent, but rich is more frequent and can be used in some fixed phrases where wealthy cannot:He’s stinking/​filthy wealthy. It’s a favourite resort for the wealthy and famous.prosperous (rather formal) rich and successfulaffluent (rather formal) rich and with a good standard of living:affluent Western countries prosperous or affluent?Both prosperous and affluent are used to talk about people and places. Prosperous is used much more than affluent to talk about times and periods. Affluent is often used to contrast rich people or societies with poor ones. Being prosperous is nearly always seen as a good thing:It’s good to see you looking so prosperous. It’s good to see you looking so affluent.well off (often used in negative sentences) rich:His family is not very well off. The opposite of well off is badly off, but this is not very frequent; it is more common to say that somebody is not well off.comfortable having enough money to buy what you want without worrying about the cost:They’re not millionaires, but they’re certainly very comfortable.Patterns a(n) rich/​wealthy/​prosperous/​affluent/​well-off family a rich/​wealthy/​prosperous/​well-off man/​woman a(n) rich/​wealthy/​prosperous/​affluent country/​city
  8. victory
  9. 5quite large; allowing you to win easily The party won with a comfortable majority. a comfortable 2–0 win
  10. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘pleasant, pleasing’): from Anglo-Norman French confortable, from conforter ‘to comfort’, from late Latin confortare ‘strengthen’, from com- (expressing intensive force) + Latin fortis ‘strong’.Word Familycomfort noun verbcomfortable adjective (uncomfortable)comfortably adverb (uncomfortably)comforting adjectiveExtra examples I don’t feel comfortable with him. I had a relatively comfortable life in Brazil. I was not entirely comfortable about the plans they had made. I’ll change into something more comfortable when I get home. Make yourself comfortable! She didn’t feel comfortable about going out alone. The bed felt comfortable. The hotel was comfortable enough. They didn’t feel comfortable about her travelling alone. This bed is lumpy—I just can’t seem to get comfortable. We must think how we can make the room more comfortable for you. an extremely comfortable chair It is advisable to wear loose, comfortable clothing. It’s an elegant, comfortable house with good views from the windows. It’s such a comfortable bed. Let me slip into something more comfortable. The patient is comfortable after his operation. They come from comfortable middle-class families in the suburbs. They’re not millionaires, but they’re certainly very comfortable.
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