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[uhn-kuhmf-tuh-buh l, -kuhm-fer-tuh-buh l] /ʌnˈkʌmf tə bəl, -ˈkʌm fər tə bəl/
causing discomfort or distress; painful; irritating.
in a state of discomfort; uneasy; conscious of stress or strain.
Origin of uncomfortable
1585-95; un-1 + comfortable
Related forms
uncomfortableness, noun
uncomfortably, adverb
2. awkward, nervous, discomfited, strained. Unabridged
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  • So that it was impossible not to feel a most uncomfortable anxiety all day.

  • I know just how nervous and uncomfortable you are and I'll keep you only a few minutes.

  • After thus relieving herself, she departed, leaving Hesper in rather an uncomfortable frame of mind.

    Hesper, the Home-Spirit Elizabeth Doten
  • "I hope not—only it is uncomfortable—and needless," he said, with some irritation.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • He seems to be quite a steady caller, he stumbled on, growing more and more confused and uncomfortable.

    The Eight-Oared Victors Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for uncomfortable


not comfortable
feeling or causing discomfort or unease; disquieting
Derived Forms
uncomfortableness, noun
uncomfortably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for uncomfortable

early 15c. "causing discomfort," from un- (1) "not" + comfortable. Meaning "feeling discomfort, ill-at-ease" is attested from 1796. Related: Uncomfortably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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