eerie

adjective ee·rie \ ˈir-ē \
variants: or less commonly eery
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of eerie

eerier; eeriest
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

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

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Origin and Etymology of eerie

Middle English (northern dialect) eri

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

adjective

Definition of eerie for English Language Learners

  • : strange and mysterious


EERIE Defined for Kids

eerie

adjective ee·rie \ ˈir-ē \

Definition of eerie for Students

eerier; eeriest
:causing fear and uneasiness :strange
  • an eerie coincidence


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