eerie

adjective
ee·​rie | \ˈir-ē \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from eerie

eerily \ˈir-​ə-​lē \ adverb
eeriness \ˈir-​ē-​nəs \ 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

Recent Examples on the Web

The ferocity of the blast created permanent, eerie shadows of someone incinerated — human beings, once living their lives, imprinted on the sidewalk. Katherine Jones, idahostatesman, "Does Hiroshima offer any wisdom for us today? Two surviving sisters reflect | Idaho Statesman," 13 Apr. 2018 My friend pointed out the eerie and afterwards-unignorable lack of birdsong, which is attributable to overhunting. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 Houston has a history with flooding — and the events on Wednesday were for some an eerie reminder of the devastation caused when Hurricane Harvey hit the city last August. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Flash Floods Rain Out Fourth of July Festivities in Houston," 4 July 2018 Glushkov's death was a eerie echo of his friend Boris Berezovsky, an exiled Russian oligarch and an outspoken critic of Putin who was found in 2013 with a rope around his neck — and whose death was initially a suspected suicide. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, "Friend of dead Putin critic was strangled, British police say," 16 Mar. 2018 This is what Terenzi heard back in 1987: a dark, eerie sound emanating from a galaxy 180 million light years away. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Astronomer Who Listens to the Music of the Cosmos," 12 May 2015 Even better, given its hopeful take on the field's uncanny and eerie happenings. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "12 Best Movies Based on Books," 2 Aug. 2010 The location of his new office space offers an eerie parallel as well: The Janus Capital Group (now Janus Henderson), which Gross joined after leaving Pimco, is just a short walk from Pimco’s headquarters in Newport Beach. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The War of The Grosses: Inside the Bitter Divorce Battle of the Laguna Beach "Bond King"," 22 Oct. 2018 The similarities between Markle and Prince Harry and the Love Actually characters Sam and Joanna are eerie. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "7 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Conspiracy Theories So Ridiculous You Have to Laugh," 18 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'eerie.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of eerie

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for eerie

Middle English (northern dialect) eri

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about eerie

Dictionary Entries near eerie

EEOC

EEPROM

-eer

eerie

ees

-ees

EEZ

Statistics for eerie

Last Updated

10 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for eerie

The first known use of eerie was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for eerie

eerie

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of eerie

: strange and mysterious

eerie

adjective
ee·​rie | \ˈir-ē \
eerier; eeriest

Kids Definition of eerie

: causing fear and uneasiness : strange an eerie coincidence

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on eerie

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with eerie

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for eerie

Spanish Central: Translation of eerie

Nglish: Translation of eerie for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of eerie for Arabic Speakers

Comments on eerie

What made you want to look up eerie? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a knickknack or trinket

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!