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uncomfortable

[uhn-kuhmf-tuh-buh l, -kuhm-fer-tuh-buh l] /ʌnˈkʌmf tə bəl, -ˈkʌm fər tə bəl/
adjective
1.
causing discomfort or distress; painful; irritating.
2.
in a state of discomfort; uneasy; conscious of stress or strain.
Origin of uncomfortable
1585-1595
1585-95; un-1 + comfortable
Related forms
uncomfortableness, noun
uncomfortably, adverb
Synonyms
2. awkward, nervous, discomfited, strained.
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  • Ed Meyers laughed, uncomfortably, and glanced yearningly toward the door.

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British Dictionary definitions for uncomfortably

uncomfortable

/ʌnˈkʌmftəbəl/
adjective
1.
not comfortable
2.
feeling or causing discomfort or unease; disquieting
Derived Forms
uncomfortableness, noun
uncomfortably, 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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