eerie

adjective
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 eeriness (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 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

Examples of eerie in a Sentence

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

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Not only does the body double mimic the soprano’s slower-than-slow hand gestures and other physical mannerisms with eerie exactitude, but her face has been digitally altered to resemble the singer’s. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Diva Back From the Dead," 14 Nov. 2018 And is if any of the players needed another dose of reality, early in the scrimmage they were reminded of their teammate by an eerie coincidence. Jim Derry, NOLA.com, "Hannan baseball community focused on CF Brandon Klein after batting cage accident," 15 Feb. 2018 At The Pines, ground-floor units were gutted and eerie. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "The Year Hurricane Harvey Swamped a Neighborhood—and Split a Friendship," 16 Aug. 2018 The alternate world that serves as the key plot point in Netflix’s Stranger Things is desolate, dark, and eerie. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "The Dead Mall Will Be Resurrected in Stranger Things Season Three," 16 July 2018 Some of the building's roof beams stood black and eerie in the smoke as police scoured accessible parts of the building for further people trapped inside before giving the all-clear. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Explosion destroys building in Germany; 25 injured," 24 June 2018 Image Elements of modernist atonality, Asian-inflected styles, jazz and eerie atmospheric noise course through the taut score. New York Times, "A Soldier’s Racially Charged Suicide Becomes a Powerful Opera," 13 June 2018 But for Bran Stark, now also known as the Three-Eyed Raven, most of the episode involved eerie encounters and empty stares. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bran Stark Was So Creepy in the Game of Thrones Premiere and Now He's a Meme," 15 Apr. 2019 But more than 40 years after the Seattle Archdiocese sold the 1930s landmark and its vast grounds to the state, the eerie building is about to become a welcoming destination. Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times, "See this spooky building at Kenmore’s St. Edward park before it’s restored and turned into a hotel," 8 Apr. 2019

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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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eerie

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of eerie

: strange and mysterious

eerie

adjective
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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