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

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

  • As for Noddy, he awakened several times because of the uncomfortableness of his bed.

  • Abashed, prickly with uncomfortableness, Father discovered that the saloon-keeper was taking up a collection for them.

    The Innocents|Sinclair Lewis
  • There was nothing there of uncomfortableness,—of conscious bracing up to a difficult matter.

    The Other Girls|Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney

British Dictionary definitions for uncomfortableness


/ (ʌnˈkʌmftəbəl) /


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



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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