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

  • adj. Having the qualities of a good companion; friendly. See Synonyms at social.
  • adj. Suggestive of companionship: reading together in companionable silence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the characteristics of a worthy companion; friendly and sociable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fitted to be a companion; fit for good fellowship; agreeable; sociable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fitted for good-fellowship; qualified or inclined to be agreeable in company; sociable.

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

  • adj. suggestive of companionship


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  • They ate together in companionable silence until it was almost time to go.

    The Good Unicorn « A Fly in Amber

  • They walked along in companionable silence for a while when suddenly the Doctor blurted out, “You want a ring, Rose?”


  • We sat in what I suppose was called companionable silence.

    As Husbands Go

  • Anyone who feels like meeting me there -- just to work in companionable silence with tasty snacks, not to chat -- come on by.

    November 21st, 2003

  • And it’s true: Sitting with others, even in companionable silence, at our own humble, artisanal feast of creation is healing me.

    Pensée du lundi 23 novembre

  • They instantly fall into certain companionable roles: the smartest one lends an educated perspective on a topic, the most outrageous one cracks the kind of jokes she wouldn’t dare to if a man were around, the least intellectually secure one feels safe enough to ask the most rudimentary questions.

    The Uses of Enchantment

  • Although perhaps it is more important for a poet to be "companionable" than to dilly-dally around so much with words and stuff, more important to offer "something born of blood and emotion" (as if Stevens's poems don't contain emotion -- has Wiman read "The Death of a Soldier"?) than to write skillful and provocative poems.


  • Heavily built, rather sluggish in his movements, and always absorbed with some subject, he was not what is generally termed "companionable," and neither bores nor office-seekers regarded him as an amiable man.

    Perley's Reminiscences, v. 1-2 of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis

  • In my own experience, only Nepal matches the kind of companionable welcome offered to the island's visitors and residents alike.

    Summit Daily News - Top Stories

  • After two years, they married and fell into the kind of companionable, happy domestic partnership that a worldly man of 43 — one whose pleasures have begun to center more on the Sunday walk through Will Rogers Park and the early dinner followed by a confection of No-Cal orange soda and ice milk for dessert than on the relentless pursuit of sexual innovation — can find in a woman a few years his junior and no longer hoping to have children.

    Sex and the Married Man


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