Meaning of DISCOMFORT in English


dis ‧ com ‧ fort /dɪsˈkʌmfət $ -ərt/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ comfort , ↑ discomfort , ↑ comforter ; adverb : ↑ comfortably ≠ ↑ uncomfortably , ↑ comfortingly ; adjective : ↑ comfortable ≠ ↑ uncomfortable , ↑ comforting ; verb : ↑ comfort ]

1 . [uncountable] a feeling of slight pain or of being physically uncomfortable:

If the exercise causes discomfort, stop immediately.

2 . [uncountable] a feeling of embarrassment, shame, or worry:

To her discomfort, he laughed.

3 . [countable] something that makes you feel uncomfortable or gives you a slight pain:

the discomforts of air travel

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▪ pain noun [uncountable and countable] the feeling when part of your body hurts:

A broken leg can cause a lot of pain.


He felt a sharp pain in his chest.

▪ ache noun [uncountable and countable] a continuous pain, especially one that is not very bad. Most commonly used in compounds such as headache , toothache , and backache :

I felt an ache in my back after decorating all day.


Driving gives me a headache.


I’ve got stomach ache.


Do you have earache?

▪ twinge noun [countable] a sudden slight pain that comes and then disappears quickly:

When I bent down I felt a twinge in my back.

▪ discomfort noun [uncountable] formal an uncomfortable feeling in your body, or a slight pain:

The procedure takes five minutes and only causes slight discomfort.

▪ agony noun [uncountable] a feeling of great pain, or a situation in which you feel a lot of pain:

the agony of childbirth


I was in agony by the time I got to the hospital.


It was agony (=very painful) getting up out of bed.

▪ suffering noun [uncountable] continuous physical or mental pain, which makes someone very unhappy:

I just wanted someone to put an end to my suffering.


the suffering of the earthquake victims

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