• WordNet 3.6
    • n uncomfortableness embarrassment deriving from the feeling that others are critically aware of you
    • n uncomfortableness the state of being tense and feeling pain
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An Uncomfortable Situation 107 An Uncomfortable Situation 107
Both felt desperately uncomfortable Both felt desperately uncomfortable

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is actually no danger in swimming right after you eat, though it may feel uncomfortable.
    • n uncomfortableness The state of being uncomfortable, uneasy, or miserable.
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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:

That estimable person seemed more than usually fidgetty, and disposed to make herself, as well as others, uncomfortable.
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence
The men were older, the women more experienced, but I wasn't uncomfortable.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
There's no crime I know more detestable than nagging and worrying with the intention of making other people uncomfortable.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham
It was a great blow to his vanity; but the more uncomfortable it made him the more earnestly he clung to it.
"Mingo" by Joel Chandler Harris
Basil laughed, rather uncomfortably, and his sister looked up hastily into his face, to see if he were making fun of her.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Nannie says I ought to have spoken right out; but I do hate to make people feel uncomfortable.
"We Ten" by Lyda Farrington Krausé
He doesn't need to make the uncomfortable trip to Hoboken to see me.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow
The last time I was there I found Edhart gone, and was very uncomfortable.
"The Triflers" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Rain is falling, and the men uncomfortable.
"The Citizen-Soldier" by John Beatty
We had an uncomfortable experience because of the excessive heat and aridity.
"A Canyon Voyage" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh

In poetry:

The moon's late-risen ray
Through paling panes is shed. . . .
From dreams uncomforted
I rouse before the day.
"Before Dawn" by Clark Ashton Smith
"That life must walk uncomforted,
That leans not on His breast:
They only know that God is Love
Who learn that God is Rest."
"The Unseen Preacher" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
They'll call the news from hill to hill,
Dark and uncomforted,
Earth and sky and the winds; and I
Shall know that you are dead.
"Lines Written In The Belief That The Ancient Roman Festival Of The Dead Was Called Ambarvalia" by Rupert Brooke
Is there a mourner dear to Thee, whom we
Have left uncomforted?
Yet still through lonelier loneliness, the heart
Bereft of Thee, is led.
"Hymn" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
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

In news:

Here are three common and potentially uncomfortable situations that you might encounter at networking events with advice on how to get out of them - or to avoid them altogether.
On Taylor Swift's new album, "Red," there's a song where the 22-year-old superstar sings about a fictional one: a famous singer who spends years under the glare of the spotlight, then ditches her uncomfortable fame for a life of solitude.
Legendary photographer William Eggleston's 1974 video "Stranded in Canton" is sure to be among the most uncomfortable 77 minutes you'll ever spend in a museum.
Aching vocals stretch uncomfortably over indie pop.
On both sides of the Atlantic, it has been an uncomfortable summer for immigrant groups.
A Lone Oklahoma Tower's Clear but Uncomfortable Links to 9/11.
New boyfriend's first wife uncomfortably close.
Andy Pettitte testifies uncomfortably in Roger Clemens case.
Apple's Siri, the uncomfortably pro-life robot.
'The Parade' at the Walker is an uncomfortably human flock of birds.
Mob mentality is always uncomfortably close.
When it comes to adventurous travel, why pile in a minivan or pay for an uncomfortable berth in a cross-country train or bus.
10/22: Mel's Uncomfortable, Flor-I-duh, Sasquatch Hunters, Personal Info At Stores, Klingon Wedding, Adopting Turkey's, Cockroach .
If you are spending a lot of time outside it will be a little uncomfortable with the high humidity.
I am uncomfortable with the large number of folks who are willing, even eager to "cleanse" the US of all "illegal immigrants.

In science:

The age of the Universe is uncomfortably close to some estimates for the age of the Globular Clusters, if their epoch of formation was late.
Moriond Conference Summary: The Cosmological Model(s)
We believe the derivation is correct, but since it proved to be uncomfortable for the authors of we can modify the derivation using the gauge transformation with only one parameter.
Comment on ``Radiative corrections and parity nonconservation in heavy atoms''
Dwek, Arendt & Krennrich (2005) also noticed that explaining the excess with Pop III contribution only, would require uncomfortably high formation efficiencies.
The First Cosmic Structures and their Effects
Since the energy density of nonthermal protons, Up , is likely to be 50× higher than that of the electrons, the deduced value of ζ ≈ 7 × 10−3 means that Up is uncomfortably close to unity.
X-ray and radio emission from colliding stellar winds
Otherwise, if it were instead closer to the lower bound in Eq. 41, the partonic E⊥ at η = 0 would be uncomfortably close to the observed hadronic value.
The Color Glass Condensate: A summary of key ideas and recent developments