One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a high-backed uncomfortable chair’
painful, not comfortable, intolerable, unbearable, disagreeable, excruciating, agonizing, confining, cramped, Spartan
2‘I have always felt rather uncomfortable in her presence’
uneasy, awkward, ill at ease, nervous, tense, edgy, restless, self-conscious, embarrassed, discomfited, disturbed, troubled, upset, worried, anxious, apprehensive
informal rattled, fazed, discombobulated, twitchy
British informal stressy
North American informal antsy
3‘an uncomfortable silence’
awkward, uneasy, unpleasant, disagreeable, distressing, painful, disturbing, embarrassing, embarrassed, tense, strained, charged, worrisome, fraught
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