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

Synonyms & Antonyms for uncomfortable


comfortless, discomforting, harsh


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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Though solidly conservative, Utah voters have long been uncomfortable with Trump’s brash style and his comments about women and immigrants. Brady Mccombs, The Seattle Times, "Democrats flip Utah House seat as McAdams tops Rep. Mia Love," 20 Nov. 2018 Depending on individual cases, some courts might strictly enforce the user agreement; others are likely to be uncomfortable with strictly enforcing contracts when the possible consequences include physical harm to human bodies. Andrea M. Matwyshyn, WSJ, "The ‘Internet of Bodies’ Is Here. Are Courts and Regulators Ready?," 12 Nov. 2018 The uncomfortable truth is that Australia could prevent all pollution and fishing activities that impact the reef and the corals could still die nonetheless. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Things Got So Bad for the Great Barrier Reef," 25 Oct. 2018 Additionally, about 66% of respondents found uncomfortable beds and towels to be irritating, ranking these amenities either first or second. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Airbnb Plus Reveals the Amenities Travelers Really Care About," 28 Aug. 2018 But Davis says there can be too much of a good thing, and going overboard on protein can cause uncomfortable symptoms, like constipation and cramping, to pop up. Colleen Stinchcombe, Redbook, "What Are Macros, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2018 In a recent test, both modes worked without a hitch: The heat was cozy and never uncomfortable, and the hand-warming pockets left no need for gloves. Mark Ellwood, WSJ, "This Jacket Fights the Cold With AI," 26 Oct. 2018 Though the thought of that definitely makes some of us feel uncomfortable, Meghan, being the Duchess of Sussex and all, didn't even bat an eye. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Rothy's Flats Filled With Sand at Melbourne Beach," 18 Oct. 2018 Dry skin, on the other hand, tends to be uncomfortable, flaky, and itchy. Allison Duncan, Allure, "How to Tell If Your Skin Is Dry or Dehydrated, According to Experts," 22 Aug. 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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