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- Providing physical comfort and ease; agreeable. [from 18thc.]
- This is the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in.
- In a state of comfort and content. [from 18thc.]
- What a great guestroom! I'll be quite comfortable here.
- 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], , OCLC 2666860, page 0016:
- A great bargain also had been […] the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
- (obsolete) Comforting, providing comfort; consolatory. [14th-19thc.]
- 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition II, section 2, member 6, subsection ii:
- he was going to make away himself; but meeting by chance his master Plotinus, who, perceiving by his distracted looks all was not well, urged him to confess his grief; which when he had heard, he used such comfortable speeches, that he redeemed him e faucibus Erebi […].
- 1699, John Dryden, Tales from Chaucer
- a comfortable provision made for their subsistence
- Amply sufficient, satisfactory. [from 17thc.]
- A comfortable income should suffice to consider oneself rich.
- The home team is ahead by a comfortable margin.
- 2011 September 18, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia”, in BBC Sport:
- When Hape sauntered over for a try after only three minutes it looked as if England were destined for a comfortable victory, but Georgia are made of sterner stuff, as they showed when running Scotland close in Invercargill last week.
- (obsolete) Strong; vigorous; valiant.
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- c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene vi]:
- Thy conceit is nearer death than thy powers. For my sake be comfortable; hold death a while at the arm's end.
- (obsolete) Serviceable; helpful.
- c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i]:
- Be comfortable to my mother, your mistress, and make much of her.
- (providing/enjoying comfort): comforting, comfy, cozy, eathful, restful, snug, cushy
- (safely reliable): safe
Terms derived from comfortable
providing physical comfort and ease
in a state of comfort
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comfortable (plural comfortables)
- 1470–1483 (date produced), [Thomas Malory], [Le Morte Darthur] (British Library Additional Manuscript 59678), [England: s.n.], folio 449, recto:
- IN Maẏ whan eúý harte floryſhyth́ ⁊ burgruyth́ for as the ſeaſon ys luſty to be holde and comfortable ſo man and woman reioyſyth and gladith of ſom[er] cõmynge wt his freyſhe floures
- IN May, when every heart flourisheth and burgeneth; for as the season is lusty to behold, and comfortable, so man and woman rejoice and be glad of summer coming with his fresh flowers.
- English: comfortable