[ uhn-kuhmf-tuh-buhl, -kuhm-fer-tuh-buhl ]
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  1. causing discomfort or distress; painful; irritating.

  2. in a state of discomfort; uneasy; conscious of stress or strain.

Origin of uncomfortable

First recorded in 1585–95; un-1 + comfortable

Other words for uncomfortable

Other words from uncomfortable

  • un·com·fort·a·ble·ness, noun
  • un·com·fort·a·bly, adverb

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How to use uncomfortable in a sentence

  • 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
  • The occupants crawl in at either end, sit or lie on the bottom of the wagon, and jolt along in shiftless uncomfortableness.

    On Horseback | Charles Dudley Warner
  • As for Noddy, he awakened several times because of the uncomfortableness of his bed.

    The Motor Boys in Mexico | Clarence Young
  • But all these fall far, far short of the glorious uncomfortableness of my canoe.

British Dictionary definitions for uncomfortable


/ (ʌnˈkʌmftəbəl) /

  1. not comfortable

  2. feeling or causing discomfort or unease; disquieting

Derived forms of uncomfortable

  • uncomfortableness, noun
  • uncomfortably, adverb

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