un·​com·​fort·​able | \ ˌən-ˈkəm(p)(f)-tər-bəl, -ˈkəm(p)(f)-tə-bəl, -ˈkəm(p)-fər-tə-bəl How to pronounce uncomfortable (audio) , -ˈkəm(p)-fə-tə-bəl, -ˈkəm-fər-bəl, -ˈkəm-fə-bəl \

Definition of uncomfortable

1 : causing discomfort or annoyance an uncomfortable chair an uncomfortable performance
2 : feeling discomfort : uneasy was uncomfortable with them

Other Words from uncomfortable

uncomfortably \ ˌən-​ˈkəm(p)(f)-​tər-​blē , -​ˈkəm(p)(f)-​tə-​blē , -​ˈkəm(p)-​fər-​tə-​blē How to pronounce uncomfortable (audio) , -​ˈkəm(p)-​fə-​tə-​blē , -​ˈkəm-​fər-​blē , -​ˈkəm-​fə-​blē \ adverb

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Examples of uncomfortable in a Sentence

You look uncomfortable in that chair. Would you like to sit here instead? The silence went on so long that it became very uncomfortable. We were in the uncomfortable position of asking for money. I was uncomfortable about talking to them. She's uncomfortable being in the spotlight.
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First Known Use of uncomfortable

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Uncomfortable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncomfortable. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for uncomfortable


un·​com·​fort·​able | \ ˌən-ˈkəm-fər-tə-bəl How to pronounce uncomfortable (audio) , -ˈkəmf-tər-bəl \

Kids Definition of uncomfortable

1 : causing discomfort or uneasiness an uncomfortable chair an uncomfortable silence
2 : feeling discomfort or uneasiness His staring made me uncomfortable.

Other Words from uncomfortable

uncomfortably \ -​blē \ adverb The room was uncomfortably hot.

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