• (RP) IPA: /ˈkʌmfətə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkʌmfəɹtəɹ/

comforter (plural comforters)

  1. A person who comforts someone who is suffering.
    Synonyms: consoler
    • 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene i]:
      Let no comforter delight mine ear / But such a one whose wrongs do suit with mine.
  2. (US) A padded cover for a bed, duvet, continental quilt.
    Synonyms: duvet, (continental) quilt
  3. (dated, mostly, UK) A woollen scarf for winter.
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, Chapter 29,
      […] round his neck he wore a flaming red worsted comforter, whereof the straggling ends peeped out beneath his threadbare Newmarket coat, which was very tight and buttoned all the way up.
    • 1881, Felix L. Oswald, “Physical Education,” Popular Science Monthly June, 1881, p. 148,
      The American schoolboy takes off his comforter and unbuttons his jacket before going in for a snowball fight.
  4. (UK, NZ, AU) A pacifier.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:pacifier
Translations Translations
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkʌmfətə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkʌmfəɹtəɹ/
Proper noun
  1. (Christianity) The Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost.

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