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 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 Being so exposed is an eerie feeling at first, to be sure, but the serenade of chirping frogs and grunting hippos becomes familiar in due course. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 In our previous, but brief, photo glimpse of the newest Netflix addition, Kiernan Shipka aka Sabrina was clad in a crimson coat, the woods looking eerie behind her. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Will Feature an Episode Inspired by “The Exorcist”," 31 Aug. 2018 The eerie silence is intermittently broken by sirens and the clattering of trains on elevated tracks. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "‘A Tragedy Is Unfolding’: Inside New York’s Virus Epicenter," 4 Apr. 2020 When the bell sounds and the horses break from the starting gates there is an eerie silence where there would usually be cheers and shouting. Kristie Lu Stout, CNN, "Hong Kong's night races gallop on during the coronavirus outbreak... but without the fans," 31 Mar. 2020

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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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13 May 2020

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“Eerie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 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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