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 eerie (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 Before the event began, a jet flew overhead in an eerie echo of the attacks, drawing a glance from Mr. Biden toward the sky. CBS News, 11 Sep. 2021 Although what was in the air in New York City in the fall of 2001 is not nearly the same as coronavirus now, there are some eerie similarities to how messaging around health and safety was handled, Katzman notes. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021 Instead of carving a classic jack-o'-lantern this year, try decorating a faux pumpkin with these eerie Halloween moths. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2021 The 28-year-old daughter of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman shared a photo of her latest work on her Instagram page Tuesday, an eerie abstract-looking portrait. Ally Mauch,, 8 Sep. 2021 But as the eerie trailer makes abundantly clear, these miracles may be bolstered by darker forces lurking underneath. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 8 Sep. 2021 The result is an eerie, surreal and often educational piece of subversion. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2021 Understand the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan Around other areas of Kabul on Monday, residents described a calm that was partly welcome but mostly eerie. New York Times, 23 Aug. 2021 These iron taper candlestick holders have a vintage appearance that would look especially eerie with a deep-hued candle. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Aug. 2021

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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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“Eerie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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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