What does comfort mean?

Definitions for comfort
ˈkʌm fərtcom·fort

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word comfort.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. comfort, comfortablenessnoun

    a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain

    "he is a man who enjoys his comfort"; "she longed for the comfortableness of her armchair"

  2. comfortnoun

    a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment

  3. consolation, comfort, solacenoun

    the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction

    "his presence was a consolation to her"

  4. ease, comfortnoun

    a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state

    "a life of luxury and ease"; "he had all the material comforts of this world"

  5. comfortnoun

    satisfaction or physical well-being provided by a person or thing

    "his friendship was a comfort"; "a padded chair was one of the room's few comforts"

  6. quilt, comforter, comfort, puffnoun

    bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together

  7. comfortverb

    assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal

    "it gave comfort to the enemy"

  8. comfort, soothe, console, solaceverb

    give moral or emotional strength to

  9. comfort, easeverb

    lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate

    "ease the pain in your legs"


  1. comfortnoun

    Contentment, ease.

  2. comfortnoun

    A consolation; something relieving suffering or worry.

    We still have the spare tire? That's a comfort at least.

  3. comfortnoun

    A cause of relief or satisfaction.

    The outcome of the peace negotiations in Moscow in 1940 was a heavy blow to the young nation, but in the same time a great comfort: at least the independency was preserved.

  4. comfortverb

    To provide comfort to or relieve suffering.

    Rob comforted Aaron because he was lost and very sad.

  5. comfortverb

    To make the physical circumstances comfortable.

  6. Etymology: From conforter, from confortare, present active infinitive of conforto, itself from con- + fortis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Comfortnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Poynings made a wild chace upon the wild Irish; where, in respect of the mountains and fastnesses, he did little good, which he would needs impute unto the comfort that the rebels should receive underhand from the earl of Kildare. Francis Bacon.

    The king did also appoint commissioners for the fining of all such as were of any value, and had any hand or partaking in the aid or comfort of Perkins, or the Cornishmen. Francis Bacon.

    I will keep her ign’rant of her good,
    To make her heavenly comforts of despair,
    When it is least expected. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    As they have no apprehension of those things, so they need no comfort against them. John Tillotson, Serm. i.

    Your children were vexation to your youth,
    But mine shall be a comfort to your age. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

  2. To COMFORTverb

    Etymology: comforto, low Latin.

    Salvia comfortat nervos. Schol. Sal.].

    The evidence of God’s own testimony, added unto the natural assent of reason, concerning the certainty of them, doth not a little comfort and confirm the same. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    Light excelleth in comforting the spirits of men: light varied doth the same effect, with more novelty. This is the cause why precious stones comfort. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 960.

    Some of the abbots had been guilty of comforting and assisting the rebels. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    They bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him. Job, xlii. 11.


  1. Comfort

    Comfort (or being comfortable) is a sense of physical or psychological ease, often characterized as a lack of hardship. Persons who are lacking in comfort are uncomfortable, or experiencing discomfort. A degree of psychological comfort can be achieved by recreating experiences that are associated with pleasant memories, such as engaging in familiar activities, maintaining the presence of familiar objects, and consumption of comfort foods. Comfort is a particular concern in health care, as providing comfort to the sick and injured is one goal of healthcare, and can facilitate recovery. Persons who are surrounded with things that provide psychological comfort may be described as being "in their comfort zone". Because of the personal nature of positive associations, psychological comfort is highly subjective.The use of "comfort" as a verb generally implies that the subject is in a state of pain, suffering or affliction, and requires alleviation from that state. Where the term is used to describe the support given to someone who has experienced a tragedy, the word is synonymous with consolation or solace. However, comfort is used much more broadly, as one can provide physical comfort to someone who is not in a position to be uncomfortable. For example, a person might sit in a chair without discomfort, but still find the addition of a pillow to the chair to increase their feeling of comfort. Something that provides this type of comfort, which does not seek to relieve hardship, can also be referred to as being "comfy".


  1. comfort

    Comfort is a state of physical or mental ease and freedom from pain, discomfort, stress, or hardship. It can also refer to anything that brings about this state, such as appropriate environmental conditions, clothing, furniture, behaviors, or kind actions from others. Comfort is highly personalized and subjective, depending on individual preferences and perceptions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comfortverb

    to make strong; to invigorate; to fortify; to corroborate

  2. Comfortverb

    to assist or help; to aid

  3. Comfortverb

    to impart strength and hope to; to encourage; to relieve; to console; to cheer

  4. Comfortnoun

    assistance; relief; support

  5. Comfortnoun

    encouragement; solace; consolation in trouble; also, that which affords consolation

  6. Comfortnoun

    a state of quiet enjoyment; freedom from pain, want, or anxiety; also, whatever contributes to such a condition

  7. Comfortnoun

    a wadded bedquilt; a comfortable

  8. Comfortnoun

    unlawful support, countenance, or encouragement; as, to give aid and comfort to the enemy


  1. Comfort

    Comfort is a census-designated place in Kendall County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,363 at the 2010 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Comfort

    kum′furt, v.t. to relieve from pain or distress: to soothe: to cheer, revive.—n. relief: encouragement: ease: quiet enjoyment: freedom from annoyance: whatever gives ease, enjoyment, &c.: a subject of satisfaction.—adj. Com′fortable, imparting or enjoying comfort.—adv. Com′fortably.—n. Com′forter, one who administers comfort: (B.) the Holy Spirit: a long, narrow woollen tippet.—adj. Com′fortless, without comfort.—n. Com′fortlessness.—Job's comforter, one who, while pretending to comfort, only aggravates the distress. [O. Fr. conforter—L. con, and fortis, strong.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Comfort is ranked #9155 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Comfort surname appeared 3,564 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Comfort.

    85.8% or 3,058 total occurrences were White.
    8.5% or 304 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 82 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 66 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 28 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.7% or 26 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'comfort' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3606

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'comfort' in Nouns Frequency: #1440

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'comfort' in Verbs Frequency: #1084

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of comfort in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of comfort in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of comfort in a Sentence

  1. Jessica Colletti:

    My friend struggled with breast-feeding in the beginning and succeeded for nine months, she was always very happy that her son had the nutrition and comfort he needed while she was working. Being able to breast-feed her little boy has created a special bond between us all— a bond I will always cherish. The photo was posted on Facebook on the Mama Bean Parenting blog’s page. Colletti’s son, who is 16 months old, is pictured on the right, while Mateo, who is 18 months old, is on the left. When asked whether she was concerned about how Mateo would react to seeing this photo when he gets older, Interrante said she didn’t think so.

  2. Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson:

    This is something that I cherish. Once in a friend's home I came across this blessing, and took it down in shorthand ... it says something I like to live with Oh Thou, who dwellest in so many homes, possess Thyself of this. Bless the life that is sheltered here. Grant that trust and peace and comfort abide within, and that love and life and usefulness may go out from this home forever.

  3. Émile Durkheim:

    It is too great comfort which turns a man against himself. Life is most readily renounced at the time and among the classes where it is least harsh.

  4. Jeff Flake:

    The President has said that The President's not going to move on the special counsel. But that's not enough, and perhaps that's what gives comfort to the majority leader. ... But it doesn't give comfort to me.

  5. Mark Wahlberg:

    It certainly made it easier and gave me a lot of comfort. And people have been going through a lot. And I think the thing that people are all experiencing is that they're reminded, you know, that they need to have faith and hope and that love will endure.

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