Meaning of “uncomfortable” in the English Dictionary

"uncomfortable" in British English

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uk /ʌnˈkʌmf.tə.bl̩/ us /-ˈkʌm.fɚ.t̬ə-/

B1 not feeling comfortable and pleasant, or not making you feel comfortable and pleasant:

I've eaten so much, I actually feel uncomfortable.
These shoes are really uncomfortable.

C1 slightly embarrassed, or making you feel slightly embarrassed:

an uncomfortable silence

More examples

  • We were getting more and more uncomfortable as we jogged along in the back of the truck.
  • It was uncomfortable walking barefoot on the shingly beach.
  • Jean felt uncomfortable but managed to force a strained smile.
  • It was very uncomfortable lying on the hospital bed with my legs suspended in the air.
  • The boy looked uncomfortable and out of place among the adults.
adverb us uk /-bli/


I was warm but not uncomfortably so.

(Definition of “uncomfortable” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"uncomfortable" in American English

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uncomfortableadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ʌnˈkʌm·fər·t̬ə·bəl, -ˈkʌmf·tər·bəl/

not comfortable or relaxed, or feeling anxiety:

an uncomfortable chair
She feels uncomfortable in a room full of strangers.
adverb us /ʌnˈkʌm·fərt̬·ə·bli, -ˈkʌmf·tər·bli/

an uncomfortably warm day

(Definition of “uncomfortable” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)