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adjective ee·rie \ˈir-ē\

: strange and mysterious


Full Definition of EERIE

chiefly Scottish :  affected with fright :  scared
:  so mysterious, strange, or unexpected as to send a chill up the spine <a coyote's eerie howl> <the similarities were eerie>; also :  seemingly not of earthly origin <the flames cast an eerie glow>
ee·ri·ly \ˈir-ə-lē\ adverb
ee·ri·ness \ˈir-ē-nəs\ noun

Variants of EERIE

ee·rie also ee·ry \ˈir-ē\

Examples of EERIE

  1. The flames cast an eerie glow.
  2. a land of eerie beauty

Origin of EERIE

Middle English (northern dialect) eri
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of EERIE

weird, eerie, uncanny mean mysteriously strange or fantastic. weird may imply an unearthly or supernatural strangeness or it may stress queerness or oddness <weird creatures from another world>. eerie suggests an uneasy or fearful consciousness that mysterious and malign powers are at work <an eerie calm preceded the bombing raid>. uncanny implies disquieting strangeness or mysteriousness <an uncanny resemblance between total strangers>.
EERILY Defined for Kids


adjective ee·rie \ˈir-ē\

Definition of EERIE for Kids

:  causing fear and uneasiness :  strange <an eerie coincidence>


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