uncomfortable

[uhn-kuhmf-tuh-buhl, -kuhm-fer-tuh-buhl]

adjective

causing discomfort or distress; painful; irritating.
in a state of discomfort; uneasy; conscious of stress or strain.

Origin of uncomfortable

First recorded in 1585–95; un-1 + comfortable
Related formsun·com·fort·a·ble·ness, nounun·com·fort·a·bly, adverb

Synonyms for uncomfortable

2. awkward, nervous, discomfited, strained.
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Examples from the Web for uncomfortable

Contemporary Examples of uncomfortable

Historical Examples of uncomfortable

  • And especially was it uncomfortable in the “blind tiger” of the Wyker eating-house.

    Winning the Wilderness

    Margaret Hill McCarter

  • The anchorage proved rolly, there being no protection whatever, and I had rather an uncomfortable night.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • She felt that Mignon did not trust her and it made her uncomfortable when in the French girls presence.

  • For the last few hours I have had all sorts of uncomfortable presentiments and forebodings.

    Vendetta

    Marie Corelli

  • This is really war, isn't it, being so uncomfortable as this?

    The Dark Forest

    Hugh Walpole



British Dictionary definitions for uncomfortable

uncomfortable

adjective

not comfortable
feeling or causing discomfort or unease; disquieting
Derived Formsuncomfortableness, noununcomfortably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for uncomfortable
adj.

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