One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In a way that causes discomfort or unease.‘the play uncomfortably exposes the prejudices of the Victorian age’as submodifier ‘the climate is uncomfortably hot and humid’‘Brandon moved so he was uncomfortably close to me’
- ‘The actor looks uncomfortably thin, prompting the viewer to question whether the sacrifice he made for his art was safe in the first place.’
- ‘Just like the rigorous ING Bank building further up the street, the Stock Exchange sits uncomfortably in the urban fabric.’
- ‘These films are uncomfortably sleazy and completely non-PC.’
- ‘In the following scene things immediately take on an uncomfortably voyeuristic tone.’
- ‘Works are also squeezed uncomfortably together, which doesn't allow for decent viewing.’
- 1.1 With a feeling of discomfort or unease.‘I shifted uncomfortably in my chair’‘we were uncomfortably aware of the silence’
- ‘The collected cast grinned uncomfortably from the stage, looking out on a crowd of handsomely dressed Upper West Siders.’
- ‘With the atmosphere successfully in place you'll find yourself uncomfortably wriggling in your seat long before the ravens start to appear in the attic.’
- ‘Do we laugh uncomfortably? Are we truly horrified?’
- ‘Entranced at first by a transgender performer, they glance uncomfortably at one another, unsure of their bodies and sexuality.’
- ‘We are forced to sit uncomfortably and observe the violence on the screen.’
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