com·fort·a·ble (kŭmfər-tə-bəl, kŭmftə-bəl, kŭmftər-)
1. Providing physical comfort: a comfortable chair.
2. Free from stress or anxiety; at ease: not comfortable about the interview.
3. Producing feelings of ease or security: a comfortable person; a comfortable evening at home.
4. Sufficient to provide financial security: comfortable earnings.
Synonyms: comfortable, easy, cozy, snug1
These adjectives mean affording ease of mind or body. Comfortable implies the absence of sources of pain or distress: wears comfortable clothes.
The word may also suggest peace of mind: felt comfortable with the decision.
Easy denotes freedom from worry or stress: an easy life with plenty of time for leisure activities.
Cozy suggests homey and reassuring comforts: sat in a cozy nook near the fire.
Snug brings to mind the image of a warm, secure, compact shelter: children snug in their beds.
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