uncomfortable

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for uncomfortable

Synonyms

comfortless, discomforting, harsh

Antonyms

comfortable, comfy

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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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At Matthew’s house, Fortnite is making life uncomfortable. Betsy Morris, WSJ, "How Fortnite Triggered an Unwinnable War Between Parents and Their Boys," 21 Dec. 2018 But what that didn’t take into account was the fact that wearing a bra — or being called out for not doing so — makes someone else uncomfortable: the person with the breasts. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Why You Don't Have to Wear a Bra," 30 Nov. 2018 As temperatures plunge, so does the humidity in the air, creating an environment that essentially sucks the moisture out of our body’s protective outer layer, resulting in that uncomfortable tightening, itchiness and flakiness. Ellie Krieger, The Seattle Times, "How to fight dry winter skin from the inside out," 5 Feb. 2019 For the first five to ten minutes of the treatment can be quite uncomfortable. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About CoolSculpting (and Were Too Afraid to Ask)," 11 Jan. 2019 This side effect appears to be brief, but still uncomfortable and unpleasant. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "9 Keto Diet Dangers Nutritionists Want You to Know About," 2 Jan. 2019 The original method was simply to hold one’s pee, which can be extremely uncomfortable and distracting. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "New Device Helps Fighter Pilots Pee at 30,000 Feet," 3 Jan. 2019 One option is to simply ignore the guy and continue with your comments, even if that feels uncomfortable. Marie G. Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "2 options for handling mansplaining at work," 28 Nov. 2018 The opening scene in a New York drop-in center for street people plunges the viewer into a very uncomfortable situation. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bikini Moon': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for uncomfortable

uncomfortable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of uncomfortable

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

uncomfortable

adjective
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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