AskDefine | Define armchair

Dictionary Definition

armchair adj : remote from actual involvement; "armchair warriors in the Pentagon"; "an armchair anthropologist" [syn: armchair(a)] n : chair with a support on each side for arms

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A chair with supports for the arms or elbows.
    • 1928: A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner
      ...when he suddenly saw Piglet sitting in his best armchair he could only stand there rubbing his head and wondering whose house he was in.


a chair with supports for the arms or elbows


  1. Remote from actual involvement
    These days I'm an armchair detective

Extensive Definition

An armchair is a chair with arm rests.
Armchair may also refer to: Armchair can also be used as a pejorative modifier to refer to a person who experiences something vicariously rather than first-hand, or to a casual critic who lacks practical experience, in phrases such as armchair revolutionary, armchair general, armchair quarterback, armchair architect and so on.
armchair in German: Sessel
armchair in Swedish: Fåtölj
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