[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 uncomfortably

Contemporary Examples of uncomfortably

Historical Examples of uncomfortably

  • All of which was quite true, but it made the waiter Peter uncomfortably careful.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • “I made some changes in it this morning,” said Mr. Starkweather, uncomfortably.


    Holworthy Hall

  • I was uncomfortably haunted, after that evening, by a sense of guilt.

  • "Down again," agreed Gilian uncomfortably, sorry he had had the courtesy to stop.

  • Joe said, uncomfortably, "They say the military is a science, too."


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for uncomfortably



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



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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