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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web This involves a willingness to stay curious, be uncomfortable and curb defensiveness. Sabina Nawaz, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The years of being uncomfortable in my own skin feel wiped away. Spencer Brown, Billboard, 7 June 2021 The problem is that things have been uncomfortable for several months now. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Too many are uncomfortable saying that what Donald Trump and his supporters said about the election is an outright lie. Claudia Dreifus, The New York Review of Books, 1 June 2021 In his mind, talking too aggressively is a sign of nervousness and being uncomfortable. oregonlive, 27 May 2021 Now Find one for your son For someone who hasn’t had to wear one before, a groin protector can be uncomfortable. Chris Hachey, BGR, 25 May 2021 But even beyond that, being so flippant about forcing an environment in which people have to be uncomfortable is just really bad practice. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 24 May 2021 Others found such masking to be uncomfortable, and may switch to a more comfortable single-layer mask. Katia Hetter, CNN, 19 May 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Uncomfortable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncomfortable. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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