comforter vs reliever what difference

what is difference between comforter and reliever



From Anglo-Norman confortour, from Old French conforter. See comfort.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkʌmfətə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkʌmfəɹtəɹ/


comforter (plural comforters)

  1. A person who comforts someone who is suffering.
    Synonym: consoler
  2. (US) A padded cover for a bed, duvet, continental quilt.
    Synonyms: duvet, (continental) quilt
  3. (dated, chiefly Britain) A woollen scarf for winter.
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, Chapter 29,[1]
      [] round his neck he wore a flaming red worsted comforter, whereof the straggling ends peeped out beneath his threadbare Newmarket coat, which was very tight and buttoned all the way up.
    • 1881, Felix L. Oswald, “Physical Education,” Popular Science Monthly June, 1881, p. 148,[2]
      The American schoolboy takes off his comforter and unbuttons his jacket before going in for a snowball fight.
  4. (Britain, New Zealand, Australia) A pacifier.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:pacifier



  • recomfort



relieve +‎ -er


  • Rhymes: -iːvə(ɹ)


reliever (plural relievers)

  1. (chiefly medicine) Something which relieves (pain, etc.).
    Pepto-Bismol is an upset-stomach reliever.
  2. (baseball) A relief pitcher.
    The first reliever got the last two outs of the sixth.
  3. Someone who fills in for another.
    I’ll be the reliever today so that you can each take a break.
  4. (slang, dated) A garment kept for being lent out.
    • 1929, Maine. Legislature, Legislative Record (page 1033)
      Now that fellow wants five or ten dollars on his suit. He goes to this pawn shop and asks for a reliever. That is a second-hand suit, pretty well used up.

See also

  • starter
  • pitcher
  • first baseman
  • infielder
  • outfielder

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