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 Dictionary entry overview: What does comfortable mean? 

COMFORTABLE (adjective)
  The adjective COMFORTABLE has 5 senses:

1. providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief ('comfy' is informal)
2. free from stress or conducive to mental ease; having or affording peace of mind
3. more than adequate
4. sufficient to provide comfort
5. in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich

  Familiarity information: COMFORTABLE used as an adjective is common.

 Dictionary entry details 

COMFORTABLE (adjective)

Sense 1comfortable [BACK TO TOP]


Providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief ('comfy' is informal)


comfortable; comfy

Context examples:

comfortable clothes / comfortable suburban houses / made himself comfortable in an armchair / the antihistamine made her feel more comfortable / are you comfortable? / feeling comfy now?


cosy; cozy; snug (enjoying or affording comforting warmth and shelter especially in a small space)

easy (affording comfort)

homelike; homely; homey; homy (having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable)

soothing (affording physical relief)


comfort; comfortableness (a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


uncomfortable (providing or experiencing physical discomfort)

Sense 2comfortable [BACK TO TOP]


Free from stress or conducive to mental ease; having or affording peace of mind

Context examples:

was settled in a comfortable job, one for which he was well prepared / the comfortable thought that nothing could go wrong / was comfortable in his religious beliefs / she's a comfortable person to be with / she felt comfortable with her fiance's parents


comforted (made comfortable or more comfortable in a time of distress)

at ease (socially at ease)


easy (free from worry or anxiety)


uncomfortable (conducive to or feeling mental discomfort)

Sense 3comfortable [BACK TO TOP]


More than adequate

Context example:

the home team had a comfortable lead


wide (great in degree)

Sense 4comfortable [BACK TO TOP]


Sufficient to provide comfort

Context example:

a comfortable salary


sufficient (of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but without being abundant)

Sense 5comfortable [BACK TO TOP]


In fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich


well-to-do; well-situated; well-off; well-heeled; well-fixed; prosperous; comfortable; easy

Context examples:

they were comfortable or even wealthy by some standards / easy living / a prosperous family / his family is well-situated financially / well-to-do members of the community


rich (possessing material wealth)

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