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


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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And then there’s the uncomfortable fact that by defending this antiquated and nonsensical institution, one is, by default, defending slavery. Ian Silverii, The Denver Post, "Silverii: Ditch the Electoral College and the inequality it perpetuates," 14 June 2019 Now Business groups, already uncomfortable with Trump’s attempts to stem immigration, are struggling to figure out where to stand in the fast-shifting political climate. Time, "'It's Bad News For the Free Market.' U.S. Businesses Are Spooked by President Trump's Trade Policies," 12 June 2019 Business groups, already uncomfortable with Trump’s attempts to stem immigration, are struggling to figure out where to stand in the fast-shifting political climate. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, "Businesses Are Getting Spooked by Trump's Trade Policy," 12 June 2019 The patient who saw Heaps in February 2018 submitted a complaint about nine months later that alleged an inappropriate and uncomfortable appointment, Green said. Jaclyn Cosgrove, latimes.com, "UCLA faces ‘rigorous review’ over handling of gynecologist abuse allegations, Napolitano says," 12 June 2019 High heels can be a legitimate safety risk, not to mention, uncomfortable and painful. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Japanese Women Are Petitioning Against a Rule That Requires Them to Wear High Heels at Work," 11 June 2019 Heavily pregnant and uncomfortable, she was alerted by the smell of burning and restless animals. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019 The Brazilian winger is full of tricks and loves running at opposing defences to make the back-four extremely uncomfortable. SI.com, "Toulon Tournament: 8 Starlets Set for Breakout 2019/20 Seasons," 4 June 2019 When James was in Seattle for Tati's birthday in February, James apparently was hitting on the waiter and making him, and all of Tati's guests, uncomfortable. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here's Everything You Need to Take Away from James Charles' 41-Minute Response to the Tati Westbrook Feud," 20 May 2019

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First Known Use of uncomfortable

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of uncomfortable was in 1573

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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 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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