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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Recent Examples on the Web

Ultimately, the ring should feel pleasantly tight without feeling uncomfortable. Gigi Engle, SELF, "How to Use a Cock Ring, Just in Case You Were Wondering," 12 July 2019 There are, however, parts of the Kamasutra that make for uncomfortable reading. Manu S Pillai, Quartz India, "When a British official dodged Victorian prudery to publish the Kamasutra in English," 27 June 2019 Consumers are finding that VR is typically too expensive, too clunky, or too uncomfortable, and lacking in content that is worth trying more than once or twice. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "The Fall and Rise of VR: The Struggle to Make Virtual Reality Get Real," 20 June 2019 Acknowledge that the conversations might make the kids feel uncomfortable, but don’t let the discomfort be an excuse not to have the dialogues. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "‘Giving You Salt’: The Most Powerful Moment on Big Little Lies So Far," 17 June 2019 Fashion often makes people feel uncomfortable about themselves. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Max Mara’s Ian Griffiths Talks Berlin, Bowie, Politics and Coming of Age in Punk-Era Manchester," 31 May 2019 Guilfoyle explains that both of these things help during take-off and descent, as children may have difficulty equalizing their ear pressure and feel uncomfortable. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "How To Survive a Long-Haul Flight With Kids, According to An Emirates Flight Attendant," 29 Apr. 2019 This happened at a time when members of the military were becoming uncomfortable with Chavez’s growing ties to Cuba. Peter Millard, Bloomberg.com, "A Timeline of Venezuela’s Economic Rise and Fall," 16 Feb. 2019 The heat was uncomfortable, but the aura of anxiety just before each flash was worse. Darcey Steinke, Time, "No One Told Me Exactly What to Expect From Menopause. But the Messages I Did Get Were Very Wrong," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of uncomfortable

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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