[ dis-kuhm-fert ]
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  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

First recorded in 1300–50; (for the verb) Middle English discomforten “to discourage, pain,” from Anglo-French descomforter “to sadden, grieve”; equivalent to dis-1 + comfort; noun derivative of verb

Other words from discomfort

  • dis·com·fort·a·ble [dis-kuhm-fer-tuh-buhl, -kuhmf-tuh-], /dɪsˈkʌm fər tə bəl, -ˈkʌmf tə-/, adjective
  • dis·com·fort·ing·ly, adverb

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How to use discomfort in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for discomfort


/ (dɪsˈkʌmfət) /

  1. an inconvenience, distress, or mild pain

  2. something that disturbs or deprives of ease

  1. (tr) to make uncomfortable or uneasy

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