Share this entry

Share this page

uncomfortable

Line breaks: un|com¦fort|able
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈkʌmf(ə)təb(ə)l
 
/

Definition of uncomfortable in English:

adjective

1Causing or feeling slight pain or physical discomfort: his hard, uncomfortable bed
More example sentences
  • She could laugh and smile at things she enjoyed and cry if uncomfortable or in pain but could do little to help herself.
  • The last camp is cut into a rockface and is supplied with an Islamic library and three uncomfortable beds.
  • I was waiting on an uncomfortable plastic chair to be seen by a nurse.
Synonyms
painful, not comfortable, intolerable, unbearable, disagreeable, excruciating, agonizing, confining, cramped, Spartan
1.1Causing or feeling unease or awkwardness: he began to feel uncomfortable at the man’s hard stare an uncomfortable silence
More example sentences
  • Such a request would also represent a recognition of an uncomfortable fact.
  • Conditions get slightly uncomfortable and all politeness flies out the window.
  • It is, to say the least, uncomfortable seeing such pain inflicted on an innocent man.
Synonyms
uneasy, awkward, ill at ease, nervous, tense, edgy, restless, self-conscious, embarrassed, discomfited, disturbed, troubled, upset, worried, anxious, apprehensive
British informal stressy
North American informal antsy
rare unquiet
awkward, uneasy, unpleasant, disagreeable, distressing, painful, disturbing, embarrassing, embarrassed, tense, strained, charged, worrisome, fraught
informal sticky

Derivatives

uncomfortableness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • There's something hugely satisfying in my new ability to stand silent for five minutes looking at menus without being compelled to order food by the previous uncomfortableness of such silences.
  • I honestly don't know what kept me from falling asleep, although it might have something to do with the overwhelming uncomfortableness of the chair I was sitting on.
  • I didn't cough or splutter… in fact, I felt no awkwardness or uncomfortableness that I thought I might, and so I did it again.

uncomfortably

2
adverb
[as submodifier]: the house was dark and uncomfortably cold
More example sentences
  • As far as I'm concerned, Condon was one hell of a writer, though his vision was uncomfortably dark at times.
  • The Stone Temple offered a meager dance floor which felt uncomfortably crowded.
  • It seems the whole global capitalist edifice lies rather uncomfortably on the shoulders of the humble shopper.

Definition of uncomfortable in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?