Discomfort vs Uncomfortable - What's the difference?

discomfort | uncomfortable |

As a noun discomfort

is mental or bodily distress.

As a verb discomfort

is to cause annoyance or distress.

As a adjective uncomfortable is

not comfortable.




(en noun)
  • Mental or bodily distress.
  • Something that disturbs one’s comfort; an annoyance.
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    (en verb)
  • To cause annoyance or distress to.
  • (obsolete) To discourage; to deject.
  • * Shakespeare
  • His funeral shall not be in our camp, / Lest it discomfort us.

    Usage notes

    As a verb, the unrelated term discomfit is often used instead, largely interchangeably, though this is proscribed by some as an error, (term) originally meaning “destroy”, not “distress”.

    Derived terms

    * discomforter

    See also

    * discomfit




    (en adjective)
  • Not comfortable.
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  • Experiencing discomfort.
  • Uneasy or anxious.
  • Put off or disgusted.
  • Antonyms

    * comfortable * ergonomic