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discomfort

[dis-kuhm-fert]
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noun
  1. an absence of comfort or ease; uneasiness, hardship, or mild pain.
  2. anything that is disturbing to or interferes with comfort.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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 formsdis·com·fort·a·ble [dis-kuhm-fer-tuh-buh l, -kuhmf-tuh-] /dɪsˈkʌm fər tə bəl, -ˈkʌmf tə-/, adjectivedis·com·fort·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confuseddiscomfit discomfort
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Examples from the Web for discomfortable

Historical Examples

  • Singing was their refuge from discomfortable thoughts and sensations.

    Essays of Travel

    Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

    In the South Seas

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • He seemed to mean it as a sort of introduction, in spite of the discomfortable irony of his tone.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for discomfortable

discomfortable

adjective
  1. archaic tending to deprive of mental or physical ease or comfort

discomfort

noun
  1. an inconvenience, distress, or mild pain
  2. something that disturbs or deprives of ease
verb
  1. (tr) to make uncomfortable or uneasy
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Word Origin and History for discomfortable

discomfort

n.

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

discomfort

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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