from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A chair with side structures to support the arms or elbows.
  • adjective Not actively involved in or responsible for something, while nonetheless inclined to offer opinions or advice.
  • adjective Taking part vicariously, as through reading.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A chair with arms to support the elbows.
  • In one's arm-chair; seated comfortably at home; fireside; hence, theoretical, not practical: as, arm-chair geographers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A chair with arms to support the elbows or forearms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A chair with supports for the arms or elbows.
  • adjective figuratively Remote from actual involvement, including a person retired from previously active involvement.
  • adjective figuratively Unqualified or uninformed but yet giving advice, especially on technical issues, such as law, architecture, medicine, military theory, or sports.

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

  • noun chair with a support on each side for arms


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