• WordNet 3.6
    • adj comfortable providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief (`comfy' is informal) "comfortable clothes","comfortable suburban houses","made himself comfortable in an armchair","the antihistamine made her feel more comfortable","are you comfortable?","feeling comfy now?"
    • adj comfortable free from stress or conducive to mental ease; having or affording peace of mind "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"
    • adj comfortable in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich "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"
    • adj comfortable sufficient to provide comfort "a comfortable salary"
    • adj comfortable more than adequate "the home team had a comfortable lead"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Mr. Klegg Enjoys Solid Comfort. 16 Mr. Klegg Enjoys Solid Comfort. 16
A lion snuggled up asleep in bed, under a polkadot patterned comforter A lion snuggled up asleep in bed, under a polkadot patterned comforter
Jo laid her head on a comfortable rag-bag and cried Jo laid her head on a comfortable rag-bag and cried
Woman comforting crying child Woman comforting crying child
He felt how comfortable it was to have nothing on him but himself He felt how comfortable it was to have nothing on him but himself

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sloth moves so slowly that it's fur offers a comfortable environment for algae to grow.
    • n Comfortable A stuffed or quilted coverlet for a bed; a comforter; a comfort.
    • Comfortable Affording or imparting comfort or consolation; able to comfort; cheering; as, a comfortable hope. "Kind words and comfortable .""A comfortable provision made for their subsistence."
    • Comfortable Free, or comparatively free, from pain or distress; -- used of a sick person.
    • Comfortable In a condition of comfort; having comforts; not suffering or anxious; hence, contented; cheerful; as, to lead a comfortable life. "My lord leans wondrously to discontent;
      His comfortable temper has forsook him:
      He is much out of health."
    • Comfortable Serviceable; helpful. "Be comfortable to my mother, your mistress, and make much of her."
    • Comfortable Strong; vigorous; valiant. "Thy conceit is nearer death than thy powers. For my sake be comfortable ; hold death a while at the arm's end."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Northern parts of China it was once a common practice to shave pigs. When the evenings got cold the Chinese would take a pig to bed with them for warmth and found it more comfortable if the pig was clean-shaven.
    • comfortable Being in a state of ease or moderate enjoyment, as after sickness or pain; enjoying contentment and ease or repose.
    • comfortable Cheerful; disposed to enjoyment.
    • comfortable Attended with or producing comfort; free from or not causing disquiet of body or mind: as, to be in comfortable circumstances.
    • comfortable Giving comfort; cheering; affording help, ease, or consolation; serviceable. Of persons.
    • comfortable Of things.
    • comfortable Synonyms Pleasant, agreeable, grateful.
    • n comfortable A thickly wadded and quilted bedcover. Also comfort and comforter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Comfortable imparting or enjoying comfort
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A spirit to find fault is an enemy to your peace and comfort, and also to the happiness of those around you. It is the key to your destruction.”
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers
    Dr. Joyce Brothers
    “Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “To let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of the weary pilgrimage.”
  • Katherine Mansfield
    “I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.”


Comfort zone - It is the temperature range in which the body doesn't shiver or sweat, but has an idiomatic sense of a place where people feel comfortable, where they can avoid the worries of the world. It can be physical or mental.
Creature comforts - If a person said "I hate camping. I don't like giving up my creature comforts." the person would be referring, in particular, to the comfortable things he/she would have at home but not when camping. At home, for example, he/she would have complete shelter from the weather, a television, a nice comfortable warm bed, the ability to take a warm bath or shower, comfortable lounge chairs to relax in and so on. The person doesn't like giving up the material and psychological benefits of his/her normal life.
Job's comforter - Someone who says they want to comfort, but actually discomforts people is a Job's comforter. (Job's is pronounced 'jobes', not 'jobs')


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. confortable,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. conforter—L. con, and fortis, strong.


In literature:

Then, too, I realized that she whom I would comfort had already gone beyond my aid, beyond any comfort I could send.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
My comfort is, my dear, that you know where to go for strength when your heart fails you.
"The Crofton Boys" by Harriet Martineau
There was small comfort in tills; yet, against my better judgment, I began to hope that Jose had somehow escaped from the sea.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
How warm and comfortable were my sheepskins!
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
The room had no present occupant but himself, and therefore he was able to make the most of all its comforts.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
It would have comforted him if Kitty had noticed him.
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
My comfort is, my dear, that you know where to go for strength when your heart fails you.
"The Crofton Boys" by Harriet Martineau
But I think less of it, that I can leave you to be a comfort to grannie.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Beyond this, a simple lean-to kitchen provided all they needed for their creature comfort.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
And now that we have left the crowd behind and are comfortable in the stomach.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas

In poetry:

Present we know Thou art;
But, O, Thyself reveal!
Now, Lord, let ev’ry waiting heart
The mighty comfort feel.
"Jesus, We Look To Thee" by Charles Wesley
The testimonies of thy grace
I set before my eyes;
Thence I derive my daily strength,
And there my comfort lies.
"Psalm 119 part 3" by Isaac Watts
I watched it, oh, so quietly,
And though it rose and flew,
As if it fain would comfort me
It came and came anew.
"The Comforter" by Robert W Service
Source of all that comforts me,
Well of joy for which I long,
Let the song I sing to Thee
Be an everlasting song.
"Tender Mercies" by Anna Laetitia Waring
When I lie within my bed,
Sick in heart and sick in head,
And with doubts discomforted,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
"Sweet Spirit, Comfort Me" by Robert Herrick
O give me comfort if you can--
Oh tell me where to fly--
And bid me hope, if there be hope,
For one so lost as I.
"The Sailor, Who Had Served In The Slave Trade." by Robert Southey

In news:

"These are all things that make you feel very comfortable.".
An aquarium-side dinner at the inaugural 50Kings event, in which attendees gathered to watch TED from the comfort of a Monterey hotel.
This creamy four-cheese macaroni is comfort food to some dieters.
Like the season, the albums offer comfort and glitz, raw commercial ambition and good intentions, novelties and would-be traditions.
With 71 percent owner-occupancy, it's clearly a comfortable place to call home.
Now out of production for 20 years, Cessna's top piston single offers good range, excellent stability and reasonable, six-seat comfort for pilots with a yen for a high-wing speedster.
Running Bloomsday is hard enough, so do it in comfort.
Arteta is more than lucky in assembling an able-bodied cast, and his comfort with actors has grown.
Careful attention has been paid to the overall comfort of this chair.
Contemporary American comfort food from chef Gilbert Langlois (SushiSamba Rio, Rushmore.
A quaint downtown Carpinteria breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot serving traditional and vegan comfort foods and baked goods from scratch.
The Chaplains' presence has been a comfort to victims and families during numerous crisis situations.
The chaplains not only provide comfort for the victims and families, they also allow officers, firefig...
You can't be too comfortable.
These gorgeous green parcels, best eaten on a Sunday night in front of a fire, are both dramatic and comforting (think lasagna, but without the pasta, ricotta, or mozzarella).

In science:

They are more comfortable recalling visual images.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Comfort ratings and preference results suggested that myReader provided a more pleasurable reading experience than traditional CCTVs.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
They are more comfortable recalling visual images.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
We can use the scaling property for the parameters to move the value of W0 into a comfortable range.
Roulette Inflation with K\"ahler Moduli and their Axions
For the comfort of the reader, let us recall a few facts.
Finite dimensional representations of DAHA and affine Springers fibers : the spherical case