Meaning of discomfort


Discomfort is the feeling of irritation, soreness, or pain that, though not severe, is annoying. Every year, people who get a cold or the flu experience a few days of discomfort.

The noun discomfort is good for describing situations when you aren’t quite in pain, but you don’t feel very good. Things that cause discomfort include a dull toothache, a blister on your foot, and a terrible mattress. Discomfort can also describe embarrassment, like the discomfort you’d feel if you suddenly realized you were in the wrong classroom.

Definitions of discomfort
  1. noun

    the state of being tense and feeling pain



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    comfort, comfortableness

    a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain

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    incommodiousness, inconvenience

    an inconvenient discomfort
    malaise, unease, uneasiness

    physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)
    hangover, katzenjammer

    disagreeable aftereffects from the use of drugs (especially alcohol)

    the character of being uncomfortable and unpleasant
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    condition, status

    a state at a particular time

  2. noun

    an uncomfortable feeling of mental painfulness or distress


    irritation, soreness

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    hurt, suffering

    feelings of mental or physical pain

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