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[dis-kuhm-fert] /dɪsˈkʌm fərt/
an absence of comfort or ease; uneasiness, hardship, or mild pain.
anything that is disturbing to or interferes with comfort.
verb (used with object)
to disturb the comfort or happiness of; make uncomfortable or uneasy.
Origin of discomfort
1300-50; (v.) Middle English discomforten to discourage, pain < Anglo-French descomforter to sadden, grieve; see dis-1, comfort; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of v.
Related forms
[dis-kuhm-fer-tuh-buh l, -kuhmf-tuh-] /dɪsˈkʌm fər tə bəl, -ˈkʌmf tə-/ (Show IPA),
discomfortingly, adverb
Can be confused
discomfit, discomfort. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for discomfortable
Historical Examples
  • He seemed to mean it as a sort of introduction, in spite of the discomfortable irony of his tone.

  • Singing was their refuge from discomfortable thoughts and sensations.

    Essays of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I never saw (no, never even in the most horridly stuffy ballroom) such a discomfortable collection of human beings.

    Eothen A. W. Kinglake
  • For there is that one comfort about this discomfortable and discredited art of ours, that age at any rate does not impair it.

  • It made the perspiration stream, and then the dust rose from the road, and the two together caused the most discomfortable grime!

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Be sure to see the little Nohant domestic theatre, by the way—and judge what a part it played in that discomfortable house.

  • But men are more nicely sensible of a discomfort; and the atoll is a discomfortable home.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • You would really be astonished at the great variety of discomfortable dwelling-places that people build.

    The Genial Idiot John Kendrick Bangs
  • For a colder, more taciturn and discomfortable hostess could not be conceived.

    Two Sides of the Face Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Then, suddenly, Ashe was assailed by an inner laughter, hollow and discomfortable.

    The Marriage of William Ashe Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for discomfortable


/dɪsˈkʌmfətəbəl; -ˈkʌmftə-/
(archaic) tending to deprive of mental or physical ease or comfort


an inconvenience, distress, or mild pain
something that disturbs or deprives of ease
(transitive) to make uncomfortable or uneasy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for discomfortable



mid-14c., from Old French desconfort (12c.), from desconforter (v.), from des- (see dis-) + conforter (see comfort (v.)).


c.1300, "to deprive of courage," from Old French desconforter; see discomfort (n.). Related: Discomforted; discomforting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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