- The definition of armchair are concepts or ideas which are not based on direct involvement or experience.
An example of armchair knowledge is someone who learns about a country by reading travel books.
- An armchair is defined as a chair that has supports on the sides so a person sitting in it can rest his arms.
An example of an armchair is a recliner.
A pair of armchairs.
armchair quarterbackor armchair general
- Not actively involved in or responsible for something, while nonetheless inclined to offer opinions or advice: “that greatest weapon of all armchair generals—hindsight” (Brooks D. Simpson).
- Taking part vicariously, as through reading: armchair detectives; an armchair traveler.
- A chair with supports for the arms or elbows.
(comparative more armchair, superlative most armchair)
- (figuratively) Remote from actual involvement, including a person retired from previously active involvement.
- These days I'm an armchair detective.
- (figuratively) Unqualified or uninformed but yet giving advice, especially on technical issues, such as law, architecture, medicine, military theory, or sports.
- He's just an armchair lawyer who thinks he knows a lot about the law because he reads a legal blog on the internet.
- After the American football game, the armchair quarterbacks talked about what they would have done differently to win, if they had been star athletes instead of out-of-shape old men.