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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His exit came after an uncomfortable conversation with Becca. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Bachelorette': Orlando man sent packing," 3 July 2018 From her seventh-floor office in Berlin, Angela Merkel is surrounded by uncomfortable relics of Germany’s 20th century history. Alan Crawford, Bloomberg.com, "As Merkel’s Power Drains, the Threat to Europe Grows," 27 June 2018 Such spaces allow for uncomfortable conversations where close examinations of the migrant crisis, and other crises of social justice, can be debated in thoughtful ways. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "How to have the ‘hard conversation’ with kids about migration at the U.S. border," 25 June 2018 The firm assembled a skunkworks team of creatives—men and women alike—for often lively, sometimes uncomfortable conversations about what consent and privacy mean in the age of #MeToo. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "This New Wearable Tech Is Designed to Make College Dating Safer," 22 June 2018 In turn, locker room and board rooms have faced uncomfortable conversations. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Trump pulls Philadelphia Eagles' White House invitation," 5 June 2018 The Belarusian tank drone is the start of what could become a very uncomfortable trend for Western tankers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Belarus Invents Tank-Killing Quadcopter Drone," 5 June 2018 Consultants said the increased transparency around worker pay could lead to uncomfortable conversations with employees who make salaries below the median. Collin Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, "CEO pay towers over median salary of workers," 29 May 2018 Many pointed out that getting out of the shower to pee is just uncomfortable, with the water dripping all over the floor and getting the toilet seat all slippery. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Fans Respond to Cardi B's Shower Pee Tweet," 2 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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alleviating pain or harshness

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