A pair of armchairs.
- 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.
- 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.
(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.