Uncomfortable or embarrassed.
- Why did he seem so ill at ease, so uncomfortable with the role he had to play?
- She had become very uncomfortable and ill at ease when visiting her parents and suffered chronic tension.
- It made him uncomfortable and ill at ease, and he felt she was trying to keep him there in the pilothouse.
awkward, uneasy, uncomfortable, self-conscious, out of place, unnatural, inhibited, gauche, strained;
embarrassed, shy, bashful, blushing, retiring, shrinking;
unsure, uncertain, unsettled, hesitant, faltering;
restless, restive, fidgety, unrelaxed, disquieted, disturbed, discomfited, troubled, worried, anxious, on edge, edgy, nervous, tense, on tenterhooks;
informal fazed, discombobulated, twitchy, on pins and needles, jittery
North American informal antsy
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