Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that comforts: the nurse as comforter of the sick.
  • n. Christianity The Holy Spirit.
  • n. A quilted bedcover.
  • n. A narrow, long, typically woolen neck scarf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who comforts someone who is suffering.
  • n. A padded cover or quilt for a bed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who administers comfort or consolation.
  • n. The Holy Spirit, -- referring to his office of comforting believers.
  • n. A knit woolen tippet, long and narrow.
  • n. A wadded bedquilt; a comfortable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who comforts or consoles; one who supports and strengthens the mind in distress, danger, or weakness.
  • n. [capitalized] The Holy Spirit, whose office it is to comfort, strengthen, and support the Christian.
  • n. A knitted or crocheted woolen scarf, long and narrow, for tying round the neck in cold weather.
  • n. Same as comfortable.
  • n. A boil: in allusion to those with which Job is supposed to have been afflicted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies
  • n. bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
  • n. device used for an infant to suck or bite on
  • n. commiserates with someone who has had misfortune

Etymologies

From comfort + -er (Wiktionary)

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