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[in-kuh-moh-dee-uh s] /ˌɪn kəˈmoʊ di əs/
inconvenient, as not affording sufficient space or room; uncomfortable:
incommodious hotel accommodations.
Origin of incommodious
First recorded in 1545-55; in-3 + commodious
Related forms
incommodiously, adverb
incommodiousness, noun Unabridged
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  • The temperature is high, and it would no doubt at first be incommodious.

    Arrows of Freethought George W. Foote
  • The arrangements for these objects were at once clumsy and incommodious.

    Memorials of the Sea William Scoresby
  • Constrained by circumstances to confine himself to an incommodious apartment, he ennobled it with specimens of his early studies.

  • The flat was a small and incommodious one, but it was in a quiet street and not very far from Hampstead Heath.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Though I can read very well your handwriting, you shall write no more, if it is incommodious to you.

  • Much talent and still more jollity were wasted in that incommodious gallery.

    Maximina Armando Palacio Valds
  • Washington at this time was forest, swamp, and morass, with only an occasional and incommodious house.

  • Although a small and incommodious house, it had long earned a special fame of its own.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • It is, besides, incommodious for frequent study, and a very expensive and bulky way of making an herbarium.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens David Lester Richardson
  • Their heavy, incommodious cargoes strike right and left, breaking everything before them.

    My Trip Around the World Eleonora Hunt
British Dictionary definitions for incommodious


insufficiently spacious; cramped
troublesome or inconvenient
Derived Forms
incommodiously, adverb
incommodiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for incommodious

1550s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + commodious. Related: Incommodiously. A verb, incommode, is attested from late 16c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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