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uncomfortable

[ uhn-kuhmf-tuh-buhl, -kuhm-fer-tuh-buhl ]
/ ʌnˈkʌmf tə bəl, -ˈkʌm fər tə bəl /
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adjective

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

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awkwardly, excruciatingly, disturbingly, restlessly, uneasily, agonizingly, miserably, annoyingly, irritatingly, wretchedly

Nearby words

uncollateralized, uncollectable, uncollected, uncollectible, uncombed, uncomfortable, uncommercial, uncommitted, uncommon, uncommonly, uncommunicable

Origin of uncomfortable

First recorded in 1585–95; un-1 + comfortable
SYNONYMS FOR uncomfortable
2 awkward, nervous, discomfited, strained.
Related formsun·com·fort·a·ble·ness, nounun·com·fort·a·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for uncomfortably

uncomfortable

/ (ʌnˈkʌmftəbəl) /

adjective

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

uncomfortable


adj.

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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