[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

  • 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.


    Marie Corelli

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

    The Dark Forest

    Hugh Walpole

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper