Definition of discomfort noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪsˈkʌmfət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkʌmfərt//
    (formal) Being ill
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  1. 1[uncountable] a feeling of slight pain or of being physically uncomfortable You will experience some minor discomfort during the treatment. abdominal discomfort See related entries: Being ill
  2. 2[uncountable] a feeling of worry or embarrassment synonym unease John's presence caused her considerable discomfort. I could sense their discomfort at what I was saying.
  3. 3[countable] something that makes you feel uncomfortable or causes you a slight feeling of pain the dangers and discomforts of a life at sea
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb in the sense ‘dishearten’): from Old French desconforter (verb), desconfort (noun), from des- (expressing reversal) + conforter ‘to comfort’, from late Latin confortare ‘strengthen’, from com- (expressing intensive force) + Latin fortis ‘strong’.Extra examples He became conscious of a growing discomfort. I didn’t have much discomfort after the operation. I tried not to show my discomfort with the situation. Not eating late at night should help to relieve the discomfort. Paula smiled, enjoying her sister’s discomfort. Sensing her discomfort, he apologized for mentioning her boyfriend. Some of the patients complained of discomfort. The revelations caused some discomfort to the president. You may experience some slight discomfort after the operation. You should be able to drive without discomfort after about two weeks. the discomfort associated with wearing a wig
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