ill at ease


: not feeling easy : uncomfortable

Examples of ill at ease in a Sentence

He seemed ill at ease when we spoke with him. I'm usually ill at ease when addressing a large crowd of people.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ill at ease was in the 14th century

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“Ill at ease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

ill at ease

: feeling uncomfortable
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