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

In addition to lighter volume, the discharge may also become thin, watery, and somewhat uncomfortable, Dr. Dweck notes. Elizabeth Durand Streisand, Good Housekeeping, "What the Color of Your Vaginal Discharge Means, According to Gynos," 27 Nov. 2018 The former vice president was attacked Friday by a Bernie Sanders supporter for encroaching on her personal space at her 2014 campaign rally, smelling her hair and kissing the back of her head, leaving her uncomfortable. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Don’t Count Joe Biden Out," 3 Apr. 2019 Fans spoke out on Twitter, calling the interaction uncomfortable. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Actor Omari Hardwick Kissed Beyoncé Twice at the NAACP Image Awards and Her Fans Were Not Happy," 1 Apr. 2019 Worse, after all of those nights supporting your weary head, traditional pillows start to break down, leaving them lumpy, flat and uncomfortable. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Home More Sustainable," 1 Apr. 2019 Without pubic hair, or with excessive grooming, that buffer is lost and would likely make wearing denim panties a bit uncomfortable. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Denim Underwear Is a Thing—One New York Ob-Gyn Weighs In on Going Commando," 1 Apr. 2019 Ashley sat in every single chair and tested each piece of furniture that made it into the 3,400-square-foot club, making sure that nothing felt wobbly, or rickety, or just plain uncomfortable. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You'll Lose Your Chic Over This Incredible Women's Club," 27 Mar. 2019 Since mosquitoes can transmit disease, these extra precautions will help protect you from both uncomfortable itchiness and potential illnesses like Zika or West Nile virus. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mosquito Bites and Stop Itching ASAP," 18 Mar. 2019 Replays of that decisive set show Serena gingerly touching her pec muscle, looking uncomfortable on first serves that were hit with no velocity and, most tellingly, walking off the court without her bag. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Serena v. Sharapova: The brief history of a burning non-rivalry," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of uncomfortable

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 May 2019

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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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