One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Uncomfortable or embarrassed.
awkward, uneasy, uncomfortable, self-conscious, out of place, unnatural, inhibited, gauche, strainedView synonyms
- ‘Why did he seem so ill at ease, so uncomfortable with the role he had to play?’
- ‘Any white person expressing such ideas is obviously a buttoned up racist, ill at ease with the realities of multicultural Britain and its vibrant black youth culture.’
- ‘Russians, for historical reasons, can be acutely ill at ease with the idea of expounding uncomfortable truths in a formal setting.’
- ‘She had become very uncomfortable and ill at ease when visiting her parents and suffered chronic tension.’
- ‘I just shifted in my seat, feeling very nervous, and ill at ease.’
- ‘Worse than that, everybody felt ill at ease and unsure how to behave in front of the former enemy.’
- ‘She feels awkward, ill at ease, and even intruded upon.’
- ‘The world depicted is a fascinating one, and we gaze upon it with rapt attention, even as the disquieting mood of the film keeps us ill at ease.’
- ‘She sits isolated, straining at the boundaries of the picture, thoroughly ill at ease with her space.’
- ‘It made him uncomfortable and ill at ease, and he felt she was trying to keep him there in the pilothouse.’
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