eerie

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adjective ee·rie \ˈir-ē\

Definition of eerie

eerier

eeriest

  1. 1 chiefly Scottish :  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

Variants of eerie

less commonly

eery

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

eeriest

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



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