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

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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 With the system disabled on a bracing 45-degree day, a 30-mph pace was uncomfortable and a 70-mph one bordered on painful. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Wind Shield: McLaren's Latest Aero Trick," 16 May 2020 Another issue is that some patients, because of factors like weight or age, find lying on their stomachs uncomfortable or difficult, which can affect results. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "Low-Tech Way to Help Some Covid Patients: Flip Them Over," 13 May 2020 Even in the best circumstances, wet feet are just plain uncomfortable. Outdoor Life, "Four boots made to keep your feet dry," 13 May 2020 And now the Starz drama will be remembered for another extraordinary, albeit uncomfortable, distinction: All three members of its central family have been victims of rape. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "We need to talk about rape on Outlander," 11 May 2020 The big idea The most common type of test for the new coronavirus takes several hours and is uncomfortable; samples are obtained by sliding a swab into the nose or throat. Mauricio Terrones, The Conversation, "Lasers could speed up coronavirus diagnostics," 7 May 2020 The masks are hot, uncomfortable, and annoying for many. Katie Shepherd, Anchorage Daily News, "Masks become a flashpoint for protests and fights as businesses, beaches and parks reopen," 5 May 2020 The connection between Connell and Marianne is instantaneous and magnetic, but their interactions can be just as awkward, uncomfortable, and mediated by circumstance as those of any new couple. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "How TV Romance Got Radical," 30 Apr. 2020 The official, who is not authorized to speak on the record, says the White House aide was uncomfortable with the prospect of UFOs being real. Tim Mcmillan, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Pentagon's Secret UFO Program," 14 Feb. 2020

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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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20 May 2020

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“Uncomfortable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncomfortable. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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