ee·​rie | \ ˈir-ē How to pronounce eerie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly eery
eerier; eeriest

Definition of eerie

1 : 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
2 chiefly Scotland : affected with fright : scared

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Other Words from eerie

eeriness \ ˈir-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce eerie (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for eerie

weird, eerie, uncanny mean mysteriously strange or fantastic. weird may imply an unearthly or supernatural strangeness or it may stress peculiarity 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

Examples of eerie in a Sentence

The flames cast an eerie glow. a land of eerie beauty
Recent Examples on the Web Today the buzz has been replaced by an eerie silence, the spectacle muzzled by a 9:30 p.m curfew and the punishing, protracted pandemic. Hanna Krueger,, "Beloved restaurant Peach Farm used to be open until 3 a.m. — now it struggles to stay open at all," 15 Jan. 2021 New York City was one of the first major cities to get hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and working in the city was eerie, Marsh said. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "At an Arlington COVID-19 vaccination site, a first responder sees ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’," 15 Jan. 2021 There was an eerie sense of inexorability, the throngs of Trump supporters advancing up the long lawn as if pulled by a current. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "Among the Insurrectionists," 15 Jan. 2021 In an often haunting year, Bicep released a song that was commensurately eerie -- and no less compelling for it. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Dance Songs of 2020: Critic's Picks," 17 Dec. 2020 Repairs are set to begin soon, but there’s an eerie sense of limbo, with still another month left in what has become a record-breaking hurricane season. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Taste of Early November Into Next Week - Slushy Possibilities Up North," 15 Oct. 2020 Repairs are set to begin soon, but there’s an eerie sense of limbo, with still another month left in what has become a record-breaking hurricane season. Allyson Waller, New York Times, "What It’s Like to Watch Hurricanes Batter Your Hometown — Over and Over," 12 Oct. 2020 Buckley balances the inner turmoil of feeling trapped in a strained relationship with an eerie sense of calm toward the building chaos. Washington Post, "The endless intrigue of Jesse Plemons," 4 Sep. 2020 To show off how far its robots' skills have come, Boston Dynamics on Tuesday had its robots doing the twist, the mashed potato, and some seriously complicated dance moves that were one part impressive and one part eerie. David Goldman, CNN, "Watch Boston Dynamics robots dance to 'Do you love me'," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of eerie

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for eerie

Middle English (northern dialect) eri

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9 Feb 2021

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“Eerie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eerie

: strange and mysterious


ee·​rie | \ ˈir-ē How to pronounce eerie (audio) \
eerier; eeriest

Kids Definition of eerie

: causing fear and uneasiness : strange an eerie coincidence

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