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

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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

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Every month since the fire, on June 14, hundreds walk through the streets in silence in an eerie-yet-powerful display of solidarity and remembrance. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Remembering Grenfell, iconic landmarks glow green as Queen and Meghan join tributes," 14 June 2018 The eerie show includes examples of wholesome Americana such as antique cap pistols, lead soldiers, marksmanship trophies, that don't seem especially innocent in the context of seemingly unstoppable mass murders in schools. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "New Orleans artist protests school mass murders with biting 'Shooting Gallery' exhibit," 21 May 2018 The eerie show’s revival will air on Showtime May 21. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Weekend cheat sheet: 5 buzz-worthy topics people will be talking about," 19 May 2017 The eerie video below shows a cottage left untouched since its owners left it more than a decade ago. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "The Clever Trick to Opening Those Tough Plastic Packages," 23 Feb. 2016 The eerie Bonito Lava Flow shows the power of the eruption of Sunset Crater nearly 1,000 years ago. azcentral, "From climate to fry bread, 125 reasons to love Arizona," 15 May 2015 The stunning grand dames of Bad Gastein have undeniably gorgeous bones but most are uninhabited, bringing an eerie quiet to the fairy tale setting. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 Murakami always has an eerie, ominous feel at the end of his novels. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Steven Yeun on Burning, The Walking Dead, and changing roles for Asian-Americans," 4 Nov. 2018 The clip shows Jon Snow, Arya Stark, and Sansa Stark in an eerie sequence in the crypts of Winterfell. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A New Game of Thrones Teaser Shows Jon Snow, Arya, and Sansa Together at Winterfell," 14 Jan. 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 \
eerier; eeriest

Kids Definition of eerie

: causing fear and uneasiness : strange an eerie coincidence

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