un·com·fort·able | \ˌən-ˈkəm(p)(f)-tər-bəl, -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, -ˈkəm(p)(f)-tə-blē, -ˈkəm(p)-fər-tə-blē, -ˈkəm(p)-fə-tə-blē, -ˈkəm-fər-blē, -ˈkəm-fə-blē \ adverb

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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Folks in California and Hawaii wait the longest with their uncomfortable night coming on Aug. 11. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Sleepless in Arizona? It's that time of year," 13 July 2018 There's an uncomfortable silence on this front at the moment. SI.com, "England: Who Is to Blame?," 12 July 2018 These things do not help, but the uncomfortable truth is that in low-turnout electoral politics, a smaller, cohesive, motivated group can go on outvoting a larger, disparate, apathetic group for a long time. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 While questions remain whether coaches and administrators knew about abuse by Strauss, there's little doubt the practice facility was an uncomfortable place for athletes. CBS News, ""A gauntlet of sexual deviancy": Ex-athletes describe lewd atmosphere at Ohio State," 12 July 2018 In the context of such extreme cases, Grant’s mandate to officers to become someone else can take on an uncomfortable tenor. Chris Stokel-walker, The Atlantic, "The Linguist Who Helps Police Catch Child Predators," 10 July 2018 The Trump administration has wrung an impressive amount of sympathetic press from a handful of uncomfortable public encounters. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Stephen Miller Owned the Libs by Throwing Away His Own Sushi," 9 July 2018 However, swimming in Alaska lakes and ponds can also cause this uncomfortable thing called duck itch, or swimmer's itch. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Blast of heat reminds Alaskans how to keep their cool while playing hard," 9 July 2018 But what Blair did next turned this feel-good story into something a little more uncomfortable. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Plane Bae: how an in-flight matchmaker broke the internet," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of uncomfortable

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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, -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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