Meaning of DISCOMFORT in English


/ dɪsˈkʌmfət; NAmE -fərt/ noun , verb

■ noun


[ U ] a feeling of slight pain or of being physically uncomfortable :

You will experience some minor discomfort during the treatment.

abdominal discomfort


[ U ] a feeling of worry or embarrassment

SYN unease :

John's presence caused her considerable discomfort.


[ C ] ( formal ) something that makes you feel uncomfortable or causes you a slight feeling of pain

■ verb

[ vn ] [ often passive ] ( formal ) to make sb feel anxious or embarrassed



Middle English (as a verb in the sense dishearten ): from Old French desconforter (verb), desconfort (noun), from des- (expressing reversal) + conforter to comfort, from late Latin confortare strengthen, from com- (expressing intensive force) + Latin fortis strong.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.