• WordNet 3.6
    • adj uncomfortable providing or experiencing physical discomfort "an uncomfortable chair","an uncomfortable day in the hot sun"
    • adj uncomfortable conducive to or feeling mental discomfort "this kind of life can prove disruptive and uncomfortable","the uncomfortable truth","grew uncomfortable beneath his appraising eye","an uncomfortable way of surprising me just when I felt surest","the teacher's presence at the conference made the child very uncomfortable"
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An Uncomfortable Situation 107 An Uncomfortable Situation 107
Both felt desperately uncomfortable Both felt desperately uncomfortable

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is actually no danger in swimming right after you eat, though it may feel uncomfortable.
    • Uncomfortable Causing discomfort; disagreeable; unpleasant; as, an uncomfortable seat or situation. "The most dead, uncomfortable time of the year."
    • Uncomfortable Feeling discomfort; uneasy; as, to be uncomfortable on account of one's position.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • uncomfortable Not comfortable; affording no comfort; causing bodily or mental discomfort; giving uneasiness; disquieting: as, an uncomfortable seat or condition.
    • uncomfortable Disagreeably situated; uneasy; ill at ease: as, to feel uncomfortable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Uncomfortable un-kum′fur-ta-bl not comfortable, causing discomfort or disquiet: awkwardly situated
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  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.”
  • William Cowper
    “The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.”
  • Ed Foreman
    Ed Foreman
    “Winners are those people who make a habit of doing the things losers are uncomfortable doing.”
  • Ian Fleming
    Ian Fleming
    “A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.”
  • Will Rogers
    “Pain is such an uncomfortable feeling that even a tiny amount of it is enough to ruin every enjoyment.”


In literature:

Next day the uncomfortable topic of the mare and the waggonette was renewed in a long conference with Mr Ashford.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
He began to get nervous and uncomfortable.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
It was an uncomfortable position for Mr Armstrong.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
There was something in the uneasy look of his face as he said this which made me uncomfortable.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
But now I can read long speeches without losing my breath or feeling at all uncomfortable.
"Thistle and Rose" by Amy Walton
The Countess was the first to break the uncomfortable silence.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
My father looked rather uncomfortable; he was a nervous man, and Sir Reginald always awed him.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
But under it Major Harper looked pathetically sentimental and uncomfortable.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
It was most uncomfortable.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
The Governor was often inattentive, the most uncomfortable member of the trio.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
Nor did she wish to go into the subject of her family connection with so uncomfortable a stranger.
"The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army" by Margaret Vandercook
You must have been uncomfortable, for all you sahibs are rich and accustomed to luxury.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
His self-restraint made his uncle feel more uncomfortable.
"'Me and Nobbles'" by Amy Le Feuvre
Meanwhile, the wilderness was becoming an uncomfortable place for the hunter.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
He had come prepared as usual for the sullen, uncomfortable hour she offered.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
It was uncomfortable to see his sisters crying there, and not to be able to cry too, or to speak to them.
"The Crofton Boys" by Harriet Martineau
I beg you won't be uncomfortable.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
It was uncomfortable to see his sisters crying there, and not to be able to cry too, or to speak to them.
"The Crofton Boys" by Harriet Martineau
Hester had made her uncomfortable, the last thing before she left the house, by speaking sharply of Maria, without any fresh provocation.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
The old bunk-house seemed to me an incredibly uncomfortable place of residence.
"The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson" by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez

In poetry:

And now, with all thy woods in leaf,
Thy fields in flower, beside thy dead
Thou sittest, in thy robes of grief,
A Rachel yet uncomforted!
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
My room is no less bright and warm,
But all its charm and joy have fled;
That lonely figure in the storm
Leaves both our hearts uncomforted.
"The Waif" by John Lawson Stoddard
There was a sound of weeping over all—
Mothers uncomforted, for their sons were not;
And there was crueler silence: tears grew hot
In the true eyes that would not let them fall.
"Grant" by Henry Cuyler Bunner
Each following each they hasten them away,
And leave us to our winter and our rue,
Sad and uncomforted; you, only you,
Dear, hardy lover, keep your faith and stay
Long as you may.
"My White Chrysanthemum" by Susan Coolidge
Farewell, sweet, music-laden air,
And sunshine on the sheltered strand!
I follow where that outcast pair
Are walking sadly, hand in hand;
For me your vaunted charm hath fled,
While they remain uncomforted.
"The Outcasts" by John Lawson Stoddard
`Twas a stubborn fight, no doubt, and the fortune wheeled about,
And the brave Mossoos kept coming most uncomfortable near,
And says Wellington the hero, as his hopes went down to zero,
`I wish to God that Blooker or the night was only here!'
"After Waterloo" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

'Real Housewives of Miami' recap: Uncomfortably Public Relations.
Just imagine how uncomfortable things are gonna be the next time Julia Roberts runs into Charlize Theron at the Vons in Beverly Hills.
Nick Jonas debuts uncomfortable new song at comeback gig.
Her lawyer says she's "uncomfortable with the way Adderall was making her behave.".
However, both items were present and that kept it on the uncomfortable, yet cool, side.
"Brooke was uncomfortable with the way Adderall was making her behave," Mueller's attorney, Yale Galanter, told the site.
Middle Aged Woman's Tribute To 19-Year-Old Texas A&M Player "Johnny Football" Will Make You Wildly Uncomfortable.
Some of her work is kind of uncomfortable.
Either my answers are uncomfortably long or I tell them to get the black ones.
Yet Matthew Kimball looked hardly uncomfortable.
It's why I was a bit uncomfortable in my home town of Wauwatosa last week.
"As uncomfortable as it is, I want you wearing one," George Zimmerman told his wife.
Steve Nash totaled just seven points and four assists and looked uncomfortable.
The study is the first to offer clear evidence that the exam, avoided by many who find it uncomfortable or embarrassing, is worth it.
The teens shift uncomfortably in their cramped wooden desks.

In science:

However reasonable the final results, one can’t but help feeling a little uncomfortable with this choice. A second issue is that standard fits use somewhat restricted parametrisations, which may bias the final results.
Moriond 2009, QCD and High Energy Interactions: Theory Summary
This fact is quite uncomfortable, because usually in consumption problems the ob jective functional is given by a utility depending only on the the case U2 ≡ 0 should be considered.
HJB Equations for the Optimal Control of Differential Equations with Delays and State Constraints, II: Optimal Feedbacks and Approximations
It gives the uncomfortable feeling that the future is contained in the present and cannot be changed.
Crucial tests of the existence of a Time Operator
If ǫ & 10−2 , the end of inflation may be uncomfortably close to the era when |ǫ ln |kτ∗ || ∼ 1.
Infrared effects in inflationary correlation functions
For a supernova sample of several thousand events, the number of parameters in expression A.1 becomes uncomfortably large (even for simulations), at least when it comes to inverting the χ2 weight matrix.
Dark energy constraints from a space-based supernova survey
We have all been uncomfortable with the idea that QCD would only choose to make states of quark-antiquark pairs and three quarks of different color.
CHARM 2010: Experiment Summary and Future Charm Facilities
To be viable, it also should have had a universality that has not been seen in charm production at HERA and the Tevatron. I have always been uncomfortable with the appearance of an easy acceptance of any suggested correction to theory that increased cross-section predictions.
CHARM 2010: Experiment Summary and Future Charm Facilities
This means that there is a residual finetuning in supersymmetric models: the point is that we now have the chance to reduce ∆, as defined in (1.2.7), from 1034 down to 101 [or 102 ], which can be considered an acceptable [better than 1034 but uncomfortable] amount.
A Motivated Non-Standard Supersymmetric Spectrum
This is uncomfortably close to their momenta in the sQGP at hydrodynamical stage to follow, the “most perfect liquid” as we now know, and one may wander if the perturbative (weak coupling) approach currently used is indeed justified.
Toward the AdS/CFT dual of the "Little Bang"
The very last term in (44) makes us feel slightly uncomfortable because it breaks gauge invariance (in the two-dimensional sense) but is not the usual anomaly because it is real (the anomaly terms are in fact the first two terms in (44)).
Kaplan-Narayanan-Neuberger lattice fermions pass a perturbative test
Note that at L = 0.4 fb−1 the errors for σBF (hSM → bb) are still generally small but that those for Γtot hSM are uncomfortably large.
Muon Colliders: The Machine and The Physics
The value of α3 is uncomfortably large compared to the experimental mean of 0.118 ± 0.003, but the increase in MX for p = 5 takes it closer to the (weakly coupled) heterotic string value.
Aspects of String unification
We have carried 27 independent simulations (3 lattices × 3 PRNG × 3 updates), so, the number of expected data points which are more than one standard deviation away is uncomfortably large.
A new test for random number generators: Schwinger-Dyson equations for the Ising model
However, the prediction for the ratio √s∗/Mτ in eq.(4) is a specific property of PQCD. A definitive empirical test of the commensurate relation, eq.(4), is problematic since there is only one τ lepton in nature, and its mass seems uncomfortably low for tests of leading-twist QCD.
Testing QCD with Hypothetical Tau Leptons
This spread of the solutions for the gluon distribution at large x is uncomfortably large, and additional theoretical effort is warranted to properly incorporate the available direct-photon data in the pdf fits.
Effects of Parton kt in High-pt Particle Production