eerie

adjective
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

eerily \ ˈir-​ə-​lē How to pronounce eerily (audio) \ adverb
eeriness \ ˈir-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce eeriness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of eerie in a Sentence

The flames cast an eerie glow. a land of eerie beauty

Recent Examples on the Web

In contrast to the intentionally eerie milieu Lo set, the beauty was decidedly softer, but no less arresting. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Pearl Hair Barrettes at Ryan Lo’s Romantic London Show Are Surprisingly DIY," 15 Feb. 2019 The book is a charmingly quaint, deeply eerie supernatural mystery about grief, necromancy, and the apocalypse. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Films like The House With a Clock In Its Walls are poisonous to kids’ cinema," 23 Sep. 2018 The story goes that starting in 1966 some teenagers reported seeing an eerie light in the forest at the same location every night outside Paulding, Mich. Sharyn Alden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Northwoods lodges offer a nostalgic getaway," 18 May 2018 Today’s storms brought rain and strong winds, and heavy clouds that created a canvas above Boston that featured dark shapes and shadows, and strange, eerie light. BostonGlobe.com, "After the storm, the skies above Boston were eerie," 16 May 2018 Anyone who has watched a college basketball game in Las Vegas knows the sound, the eerie blend of roars and groans. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Should we really be gambling on 19-year-old college kids?," 1 June 2018 In the past six months, DeLonge's associates have appeared on CNN and Fox News, written for The Washington Post and been cited in the New York Times - usually in the context of those eerie videos. Dan Zak, courant.com, "UFOs are suddenly a serious news story - you can thank the guy from Blink-182 for that," 30 May 2018 Every month since the fire, on June 14, hundreds walk through the streets in silence in an eerie-yet-powerful display of solidarity and remembrance. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Remembering Grenfell, iconic landmarks glow green as Queen and Meghan join tributes," 14 June 2018 The eerie show includes examples of wholesome Americana such as antique cap pistols, lead soldiers, marksmanship trophies, that don't seem especially innocent in the context of seemingly unstoppable mass murders in schools. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "New Orleans artist protests school mass murders with biting 'Shooting Gallery' exhibit," 21 May 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of eerie

: strange and mysterious

eerie

adjective
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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