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

Other Words from eerie

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

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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 That could mean ghostly Newton issuing warnings between slugs of gin and tornado gusts, or Farraday gulping gallons of water for dear life, or Justin trying to keep herself together in the eerie quiet of the Floods’ ancestral home. Caroline Framke, Variety, 22 Apr. 2022 After the tornado blew through on Tuesday night, Aaron and Nerissa Ledet heard an eerie quiet, then screams. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 A year after quarterbacks went 1-2-3 in the NFL draft, and Bill Belichick took one in the opening round for the first time, an eerie quiet has settled over the position. Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2022 Models strutted down the catwalk in an eerie quiet, interrupted by applause from the audience, wearing short jackets in pastel hues and shiny, sequined black and silver dresses. Reuters, CNN, 28 Feb. 2022 By dusk, an eerie quiet had fallen over central parts of the capital. Anchorage Daily News, 25 Feb. 2022 Was the majority of the filming experience eerie like that? ELLE, 8 Apr. 2022 Energiewende are eerie and portend grave risk, particularly as China threatens its own Ukraine analogue, Taiwan. Jordan Mcgillis, National Review, 10 Mar. 2022 The film’s parallels to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack are eerie—in the film, as in real life, a mob planned an attack on social media and armed themselves, and specifically targeted certain legislators, most of whom were women and women of color. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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