-ˈkəm(p)-fər-tə-bəl- How to pronounce uncomfortableness (audio)
: discomfort
All these queer proceedings increased my uncomfortablenessHerman Melville
There is such a certain uncomfortableness always occasioned to the mind by stillness and mystery united …Edward Bulwer-Lytton
So there is this reticence and uncomfortableness about talking about race.Rachel Martin

Examples of uncomfortableness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whenever Charles and Diana are shown together there’s a basic uncomfortableness between them. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Aug. 2022 Sports journalism is being reduced to tabloid fodder despite Chalmers repeatedly speaking out about his uncomfortableness with this line of questioning. Maggie Zhou, refinery29.com, 1 Aug. 2022 Even Snell’s uncomfortableness came with its own silver lining. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Other than that, the kid is completely his own man, and there’s a fine balance of confidence bordering on arrogance and an uncomfortableness in his skin that Hoffman brings to Valentine. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 24 Nov. 2021 The title is clever; the uncomfortableness is essential. Michael Kleber-Diggs Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 4 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1639, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uncomfortableness was in 1639

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“Uncomfortableness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncomfortableness. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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