Meaning of armchair in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɑːmtʃɛː/

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  • 1A large, comfortable chair with side supports for a person's arms.

    ‘Office chairs, armchairs, sofas - your back is in peril from all of them.’
    • ‘Opposite the table was another sitting area, with sofas and armchairs forming three sides of a square.’
    • ‘The studio is furnished with sofas, armchairs and a coffee table - not a desk in sight.’
    • ‘These are like well furnished drawing rooms, equipped with coffee tables and comfortable armchairs.’
    • ‘Comfortable armchairs and low ottomans ensure visitors enjoy their drinks.’
    • ‘Central to the room was a conversation sofa, flanked on either side by a suite of comfortable Georgian buttoned leather armchairs.’
    • ‘The group moved towards the tables, sofas and armchairs at the far corner of the club where the seating area was.’
    • ‘Immediately upon entering there was a living room, with a sofa and two armchairs.’
    • ‘The nurse led them towards a comfy looking room, with plenty of armchairs and sofas.’
    • ‘Joe and Hoss took their coffee and sat down in the armchairs on either side of the fireplace.’
    • ‘We should not sit back in our comfortable armchairs in our secure society and judge them out of context.’
    • ‘Two armchairs stood by each side of the hearth and I sat down in one of them to get warm.’
    • ‘They sat, as they always did, in the faded velvet armchairs on either side of the fire.’
    • ‘Tea served in wicker armchairs at three am gives a colonial feel to the place.’
    • ‘Patients sitting in the comfort of their armchairs are having vital signs monitored in a hi-tech link up with nurses.’
    • ‘Once seated in the armchairs around a blazing fire, they ordered tea and waited silently.’
    • ‘The visitors' lounge turned out to be a kind of living room, with a sofa and a rug and several armchairs.’
    • ‘We inherited a sofa and a couple of armchairs, as well as a fridge from friends who'd moved out.’
    • ‘Simon, seated side by side with his sister in matching armchairs, silently complimented her on her tactfulness.’
    • ‘On delivery, I discovered that one of the armchairs did not have the footrest feature that I ordered.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Lacking or not involving practical or direct experience of a particular subject or activity.
      ‘an armchair traveller’
      • ‘The result is a unique perspective applauded by armchair naturalists in which the stars of the film are also the videographers.’
      • ‘What do these armchair counter-terrorists propose that Moscow should have done?’
      • ‘Almost all other commentary was grotesque - the work of armchair generals.’
      • ‘In relation to what Colonel Gardiner told Adams, then, how did we all do as armchair generals?’
      • ‘Using recycled paper has become a badge of honour worn proudly by armchair eco-warriors keen to save the planet.’
      • ‘The event is also being televised to thousands more armchair spectators.’
      • ‘If there is a blackout of league football next season, even armchair viewers will have to find a new occupation.’
      • ‘Even the most amateur of armchair psychologists will detect a whiff of over-analysis here.’
      • ‘The benefits of the action replay have long been acknowledged by armchair sports fans.’
      • ‘Sitting on a long couch are three armchair athletes with dour expressions on their faces.’
      • ‘The best book on suicide had already been written, and it considered the subject from much more than an armchair perspective.’
      • ‘It's like armchair generals who've never served in the armed forces.’
      • ‘The idea of downloading a film rather than trudging off to Blockbusters in the rain is an appealing one for armchair movie fans.’
      • ‘All of which will make his discomfort even more delicious for us armchair observers to enjoy.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, what we have here is not simply the ravings of two armchair generals.’
      • ‘There has been much armchair speculation on this question, but remarkably little evidence.’
      • ‘This is probably one reason why, in my opinion, the British are a nation of armchair forecasters.’
      • ‘I've turned into an armchair traveler, so I'll update from my red rattan chair.’
      • ‘Midweek matches often have to compete with big TV games and floating fans appear to be choosing the armchair option.’
      • ‘He's also something of an armchair psychologist who enjoys reading Freud and other analysts.’