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.
a chair with supports at the sides for one's arms or elbows
not based on or working from firsthand experience, direct investigation, etc.: armchair strategy, an armchair detective
someone, as a spectator or fan, who lacks experience in a particular field yet criticises the performance or decisions of a professional in that field
A chair with side structures to support the arms or elbows.
- 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.
- He quickly moved an armchair toward Princess Mary.
- He made me sit in his armchair, while he brought different interesting things for me to examine, and at his request I recited "The Chambered Nautilus," which was then my favorite poem.
- "He doesn't," Gabriel confirmed, and sat in an armchair near Rhyn.
- She sat in an armchair in her dressing jacket and nightcap and Katie, sleepy and disheveled, beat and turned the heavy feather bed for the third time, muttering to herself.
- After breakfast, which was her best time, Marya Dmitrievna sat down in her armchair and called Natasha and the count to her.