ill at ease


Definition of ill at ease

: not feeling easy : uncomfortable

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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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Quinones is ill at ease doing the romantic scenes and reading the hokey dialogue, but the street kids around him play themselves naturally. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Music / Old Movies to Watch Now / On Video / Small Screen Urgh! A Music War and other punk and postpunk new wave cinema," 10 July 2018 Now, Reagan, in turn, was trying to push human rights violations by the Russians, to sort of put Gorbachev a little bit ill at ease. Fox News, "How Will Markets Respond to North Korea Talks?," 12 June 2018 The locker room is one of those places where many people feel ill at ease. Christen A. Johnson,, "Naked person chatting it up in the locker room? How to escape the conversation," 21 May 2018 Ronit is an uncomplicated exile from patriarchy, and demonstrably ill at ease among the Orthodox. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: The Flesh Is Willing in ‘Disobedience’," 25 Apr. 2018 Ann was understandably ill at ease about the prospect. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The Untold Story of Robert Mueller's Time in Combat," 15 May 2018 Most were quite personable, but some appeared distinctly ill at ease in company. New York Times, "Never Solved, a College Dorm Fire Has Become One Man’s Obsession," 13 Apr. 2018 With their stiff manners and unsuitable clothing, Diego and the rest of the colonialists seem perpetually ill at ease. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Zama,’ Trying to Say Goodbye (Cruel) New World," 12 Apr. 2018 Lehrer seemed simultaneously easygoing at the piano and a bit ill at ease, a nerd fallen among chic admirers. Michael Hiltzik,, "A few words (wasted) about Tom Lehrer on his 90th birthday," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ill at ease

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ill at ease

: not comfortable or relaxed : nervous or embarrassed

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