Definition of eerie
1 chiefly Scotland : affected with fright : scared
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
eerilyplay \ˈir-ə-lē\ adverb
eerinessplay \ˈir-ē-nəs\ noun
Examples of eerie in a Sentence
The flames cast an eerie glow.
a land of eerie beauty
Recent Examples of eerie from the Web
Riley mixed enough Stoops-isms into Monday’s news conference at The Star that one reporter pointed out the similarities seemed a bit eerie.
The campsite was eerie in the early morning, littered with crushed beer cans and trampled red sashes, silent except for the wind hitting the tents.
Crawford’s shooting death was a precursor, with eerie similarities, to the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio just over three months later.
Oliver decided to beat them to it, casting the eerie wax figure of Harding in the lead role.
Dimitri Tiomkin's score is in the eerie mood of the drama and batoned expertly by Ray Heindorf.
The off-season is well underway, and well, things are starting to get eerie.
The Western flexatone was a metal plate struck with beaters that added a clang to eerie, unstable glissandos.
In recent weeks, sky-watchers have been reporting nightly outbursts of eerie tendrils glowing in the twilight skies.
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Origin and Etymology of eerie
Middle English (northern dialect) eri
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of eerie for English Language Learners
: strange and mysterious
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