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


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

  • Meanwhile, Halbert Davis had passed an uncomfortable and restless night.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • She felt it without knowing what she felt, or why they made her uncomfortable.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Perhaps it was sin that had made her so weak and uncomfortable.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • I suppose that is what makes a father and son so uncomfortable in each other's presence.'

    Echoes of the War

    J. M. Barrie

  • Tom went into his room, and went to bed, full of uncomfortable thoughts.

British Dictionary definitions for uncomfortable



not comfortable
feeling or causing discomfort or unease; disquieting
Derived Formsuncomfortableness, noununcomfortably, 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.

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