Definition of discomfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : mental or physical uneasiness : annoyance
2 archaic : distress, grief


dis·​com·​fort | \ dis-ˈkəm(p)-fərt How to pronounce discomfort (audio) \
discomforted; discomforting; discomforts

Definition of discomfort (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make uncomfortable or uneasy
2 archaic : dismay sense 1

Other Words from discomfort


discomfortable \ dis-​ˈkəm(p)-​fər-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce discomfort (audio) , -​ˈkəm(p)f-​tər-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of discomfort in a Sentence

Noun The patient is still experiencing some discomfort. These new developments are being watched with discomfort by many of our allies. Verb the harsh criticism of his musical talent did not discomfort him in the least
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Castro has not played for Leones del Escogido since Nov. 13 due to discomfort in his right shoulder. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 24 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, the top three reasons U.S. executives think workers are searching for new jobs are better benefits (28%), better career advancement opportunities (28%) and discomfort in the workplace due to Covid-19 (26%). Jack Kelly, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 This is a large problem because hunger is more than just the discomfort of an empty stomach. Jim Vargas, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2021 Williams, who also tweaked the shoulder during the loss to the Chargers in Week 5, has been wearing a brace on it and playing through the discomfort. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 7 Nov. 2021 Bourdain forced his audience to sit with the discomfort of the consequences of war, colonization, corporate greed, and power struggles. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2021 Light-sensitive cells in the retina, the layer of tissue lining the back of the eye, may be responsible for the discomfort, according to the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. Jenny Mccoy, Health.com, 27 Oct. 2021 Many of us know all too well the discomfort of workplace stress. Serenity Gibbons, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Working through the physical and emotional aspects of the condition taught me how to be vulnerable and grow through discomfort. refinery29.com, 18 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In practice grappling requires purposely exposing oneself to discomfort in order to emerge stronger and better with a simultaneous sense of power and humility. Dana Brownlee, Forbes, 12 May 2021 This is a deep team that prides itself on defense, using length and athleticism to discomfort opponents. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2021 Those include swelling and discomfort around the injection site as well as fatigue, flu-like achiness, and a mild fever. Popular Science, 14 Dec. 2020 The efforts by Trump to undermine faith in the elections process are unprecedented for a sitting president, and are leading to discomfort inside his own party. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2020 Personality, unconscious bias for and against groups, time constraints, [and] discomfort with difference can all be barriers to inclusion and a sense of belonging. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, 25 Sep. 2020 Emotions in these dreams range from surprise to discomfort to stress to nightmarish horror. Tore Nielsen, Scientific American, 16 Sep. 2020 Ohtani alerted the Angels to discomfort in his arm after departing. Maria Torres Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2020 This feature, along with the cozy padded headband and earpads, are sure to help users get maximum editing time under their belt without wasting a moment to discomfort or lack of clarity. Popular Science, 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of discomfort


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for discomfort


Middle English, from Anglo-French descomforter, from des- dis- + comforter to comfort

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“Discomfort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discomfort. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of discomfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an uncomfortable or painful feeling in the body
: a feeling of being somewhat worried, unhappy, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of discomfort (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (someone) uncomfortable, worried, etc.


dis·​com·​fort | \ dis-ˈkəm-fərt How to pronounce discomfort (audio) \

Kids Definition of discomfort

: the condition of being uncomfortable The dog whimpered in discomfort.

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