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companionable

Line breaks: com|pan¦ion|able
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpanjənəb(ə)l
 
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Definition of companionable in English:

adjective

1Friendly and sociable: a companionable young man
More example sentences
  • Annoyingly, they have for the most part turned out to be pleasant, companionable, warm, decent folk.
  • He loves me because he believes I am beautiful, and we are generally companionable.
  • Second, try to be at least a little companionable while we're stuck here.
Synonyms
friendly, affable, cordial, genial, congenial, amiable, easy-going, approachable, sympathetic, well disposed, good-natured, neighbourly, hospitable, comradely, easy to get along with;
informal chummy, pally
British informal matey
North American informal buddy-buddy, clubby, regular
1.1(Of a situation) relaxed and pleasant because shared with friends or friendly people: they walked in companionable silence
More example sentences
  • They are sharing, in a companionable silence somehow caught on camera, a moment of profound reflection and thought.
  • After that remark, the three friends kept to a companionable silence.
  • It was that nice companionable silence again, and I enjoyed it.

Origin

early 17th century: alteration of obsolete companiable, influenced by companion1.

Derivatives

companionability

1
noun
Example sentences
  • I can think of several reasons why British radio is going through such a good time. There's companionability: radio's gift of appearing to talk just to me.
  • Majoring on looks can give the impression that you rate such attributes as kindness, good humour, wit, passion, companionability and compatibility as secondary to appearances.
  • For anyone traveling alone, or someone who is naturally gregarious, the cheery companionability of the other guests might have been fun.

companionableness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • While the plants originated in the tropics, their companionableness seems to have been a North American discovery.
  • Thoreau was wedded to Nature not so much for her beauty as for delight in her high companionableness.
  • On leaving Oxford in 1893 he was for some years a clerk in the House of Commons, where his quick interest and companionableness made him widely popular and where a pleasant life seemed before him.

companionably

3
adverb
Example sentences
  • A few minutes earlier, the two women had been standing together, talking companionably, and now they were snatching and clawing at each other.
  • Dolly sits by my side companionably while Harry rootles about in the shadows, safe in the knowledge that his muddy paws and dampened fur will be towelled clean and dry when we go back inside.
  • I fixed him some dinner and we sat companionably on the couch.

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