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

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Other Words from uncomfortable

uncomfortably \ ˌən-​ˈkəm(p)(f)-​tər-​blē How to pronounce uncomfortably (audio) , -​ˈkəm(p)(f)-​tə-​blē , -​ˈkəm(p)-​fər-​tə-​blē , -​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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Recent Examples on the Web Molting, people said, was tiring and uncomfortable. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "How Prosperity Transformed the Falklands," 29 June 2020 This mode of empowerment was briefly successful exactly because people had become more aware of—and uncomfortable with—the way power functions in America. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "What Comes After the Girlboss?," 25 June 2020 Those uncomfortable with returning to congested venues just yet have been given the option of rolling their ticket packages to 2021. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC's stadium launch could attract a national audience," 24 June 2020 That may be uncomfortable to hear, especially for people who want to be allies. Maya Feller, NBC News, "Nutritionist Maya Feller: 5 ways to diversify the wellness industry," 24 June 2020 Some of their clients, such as people who are transgender, immediately feel uncomfortable in a clothing store. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Hmong and LGBT-owned tailoring business in Menomonee Falls aims to make customers feel 'uplifted and loved'," 24 June 2020 To avoid putting yourself in an awkward and uncomfortable situation, a little preparation is necessary. oregonlive, "What to do when you’re hiking and nature calls, but restrooms aren’t available," 24 June 2020 To me, there’s nothing worse than wearing an outfit that’s uncomfortable and distracts you from what you should be focused on. refinery29.com, "How Billie’s Co-Founder Launched A Movement With A $9 Razor," 24 June 2020 However, wearing these crucial masks, especially for longer periods of time, can get uncomfortable. Summer Cartwright, PEOPLE.com, "This $9 Hack Prevents Glasses from Fogging While Wearing a Mask," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of uncomfortable

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of uncomfortable was in 1573

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3 Jul 2020

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“Uncomfortable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncomfortable. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncomfortable

: causing a feeling of physical discomfort
: feeling physical discomfort
: causing a feeling of being embarrassed or uneasy


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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