eerie

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adjective ee·rie \ˈir-ē\
variants: or less commonly

eery

Definition of eerie

eerier

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eeriest

  1. 1 chiefly Scotland :  affected with fright :  scared

  2. 2 :  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

eerily

play \ˈir-ə-lē\ adverb

eeriness

play \ˈir-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of eerie in a sentence

  1. The flames cast an eerie glow.

  2. a land of eerie beauty

Origin and Etymology of eerie

Middle English (northern dialect) eri


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of 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.

EERIE Defined for English Language Learners

eerie

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adjective ee·rie \ˈir-ē\

Definition of eerie for English Language Learners

  • : strange and mysterious


EERIE Defined for Kids

eerie

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adjective ee·rie \ˈir-ē\

Definition of eerie for Students

eerier

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eeriest

  1. :  causing fear and uneasiness :  strange an eerie coincidence



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