See also: arm-chair
armchair (plural armchairs)
- A chair with supports for the arms or elbows.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs, […], and all these articles […] made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished.
a chair with supports for the arms or elbows
- (figuratively) Remote from actual involvement, including a person retired from previously active involvement.
- These days I'm an armchair detective.
- (figuratively) Unqualified or uninformed but yet giving advice, especially on technical issues, such as law, architecture, medicine, military theory, or sports.
- He's just an armchair lawyer who thinks he knows a lot about the law because he reads a legal blog on the internet.
- After the American football game, the armchair quarterbacks talked about what they would have done differently to win, if they had been star athletes instead of out-of-shape old men.