adjective un·can·ny \ˌən-ˈka-nē\

: strange or unusual in a way that is surprising or difficult to understand

Full Definition of UNCANNY

a :  seeming to have a supernatural character or origin :  eerie, mysterious
b :  being beyond what is normal or expected :  suggesting superhuman or supernatural powers <an uncanny sense of direction>
chiefly Scottish :  severe, punishing
un·can·ni·ly \-ˈka-nə-lē\ adverb
un·can·ni·ness \-ˈka-nē-nəs\ noun

Examples of UNCANNY

  1. She had an uncanny resemblance to someone I had seen before.
  2. She has an uncanny sense of direction.
  3. an uncanny ability to predict the weather
  4. I was struck by his uncanny ability to communicate arcane, complex economic policy and by his punk-rock instinct to question the status quo. —Bono, Time, 18 Apr. 2005

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