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

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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 Its title and cover art are an explicit nod to a 1958 album of eerie bachelor-pad music presented by filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Eminem releases surprise album, urges gun reform in video citing Vegas concert massacre," 17 Jan. 2020 Its title and cover art are an explicit nod to a 1958 album of eerie bachelor-pad music presented by filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. Brian Mccollum, USA TODAY, "Eminem drops surprise album, urges gun reform in video citing Las Vegas concert shooting," 17 Jan. 2020 The sun has glowed an eerie red behind a brown shrouded sky for weeks over Australian metropolitan areas that usually rank high in the world’s most livable cities indexes. NBC News, "Australian wildfire smoke stokes health fears in cities," 15 Jan. 2020 Bateman is strikingly good playing essentially two roles, the beleaguered model citizen and—in flashback—the eerie presence whom witnesses describe seeing with the boy shortly before his death. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Supernatural Gets Serious in The Outsider," 12 Jan. 2020 Continue into the foyer and you'll be greeted by an eerie looking sweeping staircase, where the railings look like tangly, somewhat bedeviled tree branches. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Dr. Phil's Home Is Decorated With Guns, Evil Teddy Bears, Curse Words, and More," 3 Jan. 2020 Something wicked is coming in this new eerie teaser for the final season of Criminal Minds. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "The First Look at Criminal Minds's Final Season Is Here and It's Giving Us Chills," 31 Dec. 2019 Then join the Jerome Ghost Walk (date to be announced; check the website below) for a weekend of spooky performances and eerie tales echoing from Jerome’s rowdy past. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "The best things to do in Arizona in 2020: A month-by-month guide to big adventures," 27 Dec. 2019 So, instead of being scared of this eerie date, try incorporating some positive rituals in your life and see what happens! Marika Gerken, CNN, "Friday the 13th: How it came to be and why it's considered unlucky," 13 Dec. 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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The first known use of eerie was in the 14th century

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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Eerie.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce eerie (audio)

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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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