Definition of uncomfortable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʌnˈkʌmftəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌnˈkʌmftəbl//
    ; BrE also BrE//ʌnˈkʌmfətəbl//
    ; NAmE also NAmE//ʌnˈkʌmfərtəbl//
    Embarrassment, Nervous, Describing clothes
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  1. 1  (of clothes, furniture, etc.) not letting you feel physically comfortable; unpleasant to wear, sit on, etc. uncomfortable shoes I couldn't sleep because the bed was so uncomfortable. opposite comfortable See related entries: Describing clothes
  2. 2  not feeling physically relaxed, warm, etc. I was sitting in an extremely uncomfortable position. She still finds it uncomfortable to stand without support. opposite comfortable
  3. 3  anxious, embarrassed or afraid and unable to relax; making you feel like this He looked distinctly uncomfortable when the subject was mentioned. There was an uncomfortable silence. opposite comfortable See related entries: Embarrassment, Nervous
  4. 4unpleasant or difficult to deal with an uncomfortable fact I had the uncomfortable feeling that it was my fault. Her letter was an uncomfortable reminder of responsibilities I preferred to forget about.
  5. Word Familycomfort noun verbcomfortable adjective (uncomfortable)comfortably adverb (uncomfortably)comforting adjectiveExtra examples A few remain highly uncomfortable with the idea of same-sex marriage. He looked uncomfortable at the news. He started to get a bit uncomfortable as the conversation continued. I find these chairs incredibly uncomfortable. I noticed that Elisa was suddenly uncomfortable and blushing. Planners seem a little uncomfortable with the current government guidelines. Sharp stones on the path made walking barefoot rather uncomfortable. She was a little uncomfortable about this situation. The way he looked at her made her distinctly uncomfortable. This discussion leaves them uncomfortable. It was an uncomfortable situation for everyone. Some teachers feel uncomfortable about imposing group work on students. They were uncomfortable with the new management style.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: uncomfortable