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

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 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 Signing Charles Woodson The similarities between the franchise signing White and Charles Woodson are eerie, although Woodson signed with far less fanfare. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Reggie White signs free-agent deal with the Green Bay Packers," 18 May 2020 But what sticks out the most is the eerie quiet of a place once packed with rambunctious kids playing tag, hopscotch, and jump rope. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "The Eerie Stillness of Empty Schoolyards," 10 May 2020 As New York City has become the new epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, the city that never sleeps is adjusting to a strange new normal: a combination of eerie quiet on the streets and frantic emergency activity in the hospitals. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "To save their family business, restaurant owners ask people to buy meals for New York City health care workers," 31 Mar. 2020 In the final moments, the boos were replaced by eerie quiet, the smattering of fans who remained bathing in uneasy resignation. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA fouls up from the get-go in loss to Oregon State," 5 Oct. 2019 There is something about Rikers Island that would give me an eerie feeling. Fox News, "Inside Harvey Weinstein’s temporary home - the notorious Rikers Island jail," 9 Mar. 2020 Simple overcoats have flashes of eerie green and blood red. Washington Post, "Milan designers consider menswear for the next decade," 12 Jan. 2020 Visitors can check out eerie takes on the tea party, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts and, of course, Alice, plus the usual jack-o-lanterns and skeletons through Oct. 31 inside the store at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road. Daily Pilot, "Roger’s Gardens goes mad as a hatter for Halloween," 29 Aug. 2019 But the eerie feeling of disappointment after the game was a stark reminder of just how much losing sucks. Charlotte Wilder,, "Bruins' Stanley Cup Loss A Sobering Experience for Boston Fans," 13 June 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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27 May 2020

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“Eerie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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