Content vs Comfortable - What's the difference?

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In context|obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between content and comfortable

is that content is (obsolete) acquiescence without examination while comfortable is (obsolete) comforting, providing comfort; consolatory.

As nouns the difference between content and comfortable

is that content is (uncountable) that which is contained or content can be satisfaction; contentment while comfortable is (us) a stuffed or quilted coverlet for a bed; a comforter.

As adjectives the difference between content and comfortable

is that content is satisfied; in a state of satisfaction while comfortable is (obsolete) comforting, providing comfort; consolatory.

As a verb content

is to give contentment or satisfaction; to satisfy; to gratify; to appease.


Etymology 1

From (etyl) ; see contain.


  • (uncountable) That which is contained.
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  • Subject matter; substance.
  • * Grew
  • I shall prove these writingsauthentic, and the contents true, and worthy of a divine original.
  • The amount of material contained; contents.
  • Capacity for holding.
  • * (Francis Bacon)
  • Strong ships, of great content .
  • (mathematics) The n''-dimensional space contained by an ''n''-dimensional polytope (called ''volume'' in the case of a polyhedron and ''area in the case of a polygon).
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) content, from (etyl) ; see contain.


    (en adjective)
  • Satisfied; in a state of satisfaction.
  • *
  • *:This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking.He was smooth-faced, and his fresh skin and well-developed figure bespoke the man in good physical condition through active exercise, yet well content with the world's apportionment.
  • Derived terms
    * contentment
    * (satisfied) contented, pleased, satisfied

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) , from (contenter); see content as a verb.


    (en noun)
  • Satisfaction; contentment
  • They were in a state of sleepy content after supper.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Such is the fullness of my heart's content .
  • (obsolete) acquiescence without examination
  • * Alexander Pope
  • The sense they humbly take upon content .
  • That which contents or satisfies; that which if attained would make one happy.
  • * Shakespeare
  • So will I in England work your grace's full content .
  • (UK, House of Lords) An expression of assent to a bill or motion; an affirmate vote.
  • (UK, House of Lords) A member who votes in assent.
  • Derived terms
    * discontent * malcontent

    Etymology 4

    From (etyl) contenter, from ; see content as an adjective.


    (en verb)
  • To give contentment or satisfaction; to satisfy; to gratify; to appease.
  • You can't have any more - you'll have to content yourself with what you already have.
  • * Bible, Mark xv. 15
  • Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them.
  • * I. Watts
  • Do not content yourselves with obscure and confused ideas, where clearer are to be attained.
  • (obsolete) To satisfy the expectations of; to pay; to requite.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Come the next Sabbath, and I will content you.




  • (lb) Comforting, providing comfort; consolatory.
  • *, II.2.6.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 .
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:a comfortable provision made for their subsistence
  • Amply sufficient, satisfactory.
  • :
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  • Providing physical comfort and ease; agreeable.
  • :
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  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=We toted in the wood and got the fire going nice and comfortable . Lord James still set in one of the chairs and Applegate had cabbaged the other and was hugging the stove.}}
  • In a state of comfort and content.
  • :
  • *
  • *:A great bargain also had beenthe 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.
  • (lb) Strong; vigorous; valiant.
  • :(Wyclif)
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Thy conceit is nearer death than thy powers. For my sake be comfortable ; hold death a while at the arm's end.
  • (lb) Serviceable; helpful.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Be comfortable to my mother, your mistress, and make much of her.
  • Synonyms

    * comforting, comfy, cozy, eathful, restful, snug, cushy * (safely reliable) safe


    * comfortless, uncomfortable

    Derived terms

    * comfortability * comfortable in one's own skin * comfortableness * comfortably * comfy


    (en noun)
  • (US) A stuffed or quilted coverlet for a bed; a comforter.
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