ill at ease


Definition of 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Since then, the reporters have been ill at ease, too, and worried about their phones being tapped. New York Times, 13 May 2022 Criss seems ill at ease in the role of the simple-minded junior partner in the scheme, to the degree that the character feels increasingly out of place. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 14 Apr. 2022 To capture the real without the protagonists being ill at ease and without the stress of a crew’s schedule, Steven filmed all by himself, making several long stays in his childhood home. Trinidad Barleycorn, Variety, 13 Apr. 2022 Over and over, And Just Like That demonstrates how ill at ease its characters are in 2021. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 10 Dec. 2021 Certainly Tony Yazbeck’s Grant seems ill at ease, even apologetic, throughout. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 13 Dec. 2021 Beck was ill at ease, her English choppy once the camera began rolling. Mayukh Sen, The Atlantic, 16 Nov. 2021 The Swede and Ivorian looked ill at ease with each other as Brighton’s quick attackers constantly caused problems and got behind them. Sam Pilger, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 For most of his time as a Tour star, Watson has seemed ill at ease, in public, over the ball and in his own skin. Eamon Lynch, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ill at ease

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Ill at ease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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