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

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  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.

Translations

a chair with supports for the arms or elbows

Adjective

  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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