discomfort

noun

Definition of discomfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

discomfort

verb
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

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Other Words from discomfort

Verb

discomfortable \ dis-​ˈkəm(p)-​fər-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce discomfortable (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 According to Ngai, calling something a gimmick indicates our discomfort with capitalism’s sneaky distortion of the relationship between value, labor, and time. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "Our Love-Hate Relationship with Gimmicks," 9 Nov. 2020 There are kinks in my neck that never come out, and I was getting used to waking up in discomfort every morning. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Why the Theragun Prime Is Worth It," 21 Oct. 2020 The 2016 first-round draft pick had a shoulder sprain in spring training and felt similar discomfort in a training camp outing in July. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "A’s hope to activate A.J. Puk in relief role next week," 3 Sep. 2020 People with large chests can feel weighed down and suffer from back pain, but there's no need to live in discomfort. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "The best minimizer bra of 2020," 29 Aug. 2020 The veteran forward watched the second half from the bench, joining the team on his feet during huddles, seemingly not in discomfort. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "With playoff place locked in, Heat rest starters, lose Crowder, fall 116-115 to Thunder," 12 Aug. 2020 What Etty embodies is an immersion into chaos, bathing in discomfort and unrest, without flinching. Elizabeth Svoboda, Longreads, "In Search of Etty Hillesum," 30 Apr. 2020 Still, the result is the same: a flaky and sometimes itchy scalp that can cause discomfort. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "How to Get Rid of Dandruff for Good," 2 Nov. 2020 The aid to farmers, despite their discomfort with it, has been a lifeline for many, Fuchs said. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, "Farmers see record $40B in aid, but many are uneasy accepting help," 30 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "What most managers don’t know about leading diverse teams," 25 Sep. 2020 Emotions in these dreams range from surprise to discomfort to stress to nightmarish horror. Tore Nielsen, Scientific American, "The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing Our Dreams," 16 Sep. 2020 Ohtani alerted the Angels to discomfort in his arm after departing. Maria Torres Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Shohei Ohtani will not pitch again for Angels this season," 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, "The best headphones for editing audio and video," 30 Apr. 2020 There's a holiday theme, plenty of laughter and a side of discomforting political issues, a signature of Lear's groundbreaking '70s sitcom hits. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear on serving a new holiday helping of '70s sitcom classics," 17 Dec. 2019 Kronman seems primarily discomforted that people unlike him may one day be in charge. John Warner, chicagotribune.com, "Is meritocracy a sham? Does diversification sacrifice excellence? Two Yale profs offer views in new books.," 20 Oct. 2019 The pop’s discomforting similarity to gunfire is enough to make people pause, and the uncertainty can lead to a common, albeit cryptic, summer city question: Gunshot or fireworks? Bianca Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "Gunshots or fireworks? How to tell the difference," 3 July 2019 Fear and discomfort around bondage and kink typically come out of misunderstanding what BDSM is—and is not. Gigi Engle, SELF, "5 Ways to Ease Your Partner Into Trying Bondage and Kink," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of discomfort

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for discomfort

Verb

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

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The first known use of discomfort was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

17 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Discomfort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discomfort. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for discomfort

discomfort

noun

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.

discomfort

verb
How to pronounce discomfort (audio)

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

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

discomfort

noun
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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