ee·​ri·​ly ˈir-ə-lē How to pronounce eerily (audio)
: in a strange and eerie manner : mysteriously, weirdly
The museum had closed for the night and it was eerily still.Brian Selznick
In a case eerily similar to the Vicki Hoskinson murder, an eleven-year-old girl in Louisiana disappeared while riding her bicycle.David Fisher

Examples of eerily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes the film footage shows current events or scenes that eerily echo the past; at other times there is no obvious connection. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 That's the premise for this eerily realistic story. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 My daughter, then nine years old, was eerily perceptive. Zibby Owens, Vogue, 12 Feb. 2024 On its face, the new season is an eerily macabre murder mystery set against the inhospitable landscape of frozen perpetual night. Caroline Reilly, Glamour, 9 Feb. 2024 Everyone, including a corrupt C.I.A. executive (Bryan Cranston), is waiting to see what’s in this eerily prescient writer’s next chapter. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 One day, all animals vanish and the forest turns eerily quiet, yet for the men-the hunt must go on. Annika Pham, Variety, 29 Jan. 2024 North Korea, though the subject of endless fascination among both beltway pundits and TMZ aficionados, seemed eerily unknowable. Lauretta Charlton, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 The price tag for the completion of this multiphase conception of the MSR mission is estimated to be $8 billion to 11 billion, eerily similar to that of JWST. Christopher Wanjek, Scientific American, 14 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eerily was in 1847

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“Eerily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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