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

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

This was the largest quake to hit Southern California since 1999 and an eerie reminder of the 1994 Northridge quake. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Southern California - live updates," 4 July 2019 The wings spread upside down is eerie, an effective deterrent to the others. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Black vultures eat animals alive and terrorize Kentucky farms. But the feds protect them," 25 June 2019 To everything Toronto does, there is a disappointment in eerie parallel. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "What the Gift of Kawhi Has Given the Raptors," 13 June 2019 Its housing market is yet another example of the country’s eerie, and widely envied, immunity to market consequences. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "China’s debt disease might wreck its uncrashable housing market," 11 June 2019 This spare setting highlights the eerie beauty of Puccini’s fairy tale. Sally Rooney, The New York Review of Books, "Madeleine Schwartz," 18 Apr. 2019 Not only does the body double mimic the soprano’s slower-than-slow hand gestures and other physical mannerisms with eerie exactitude, but her face has been digitally altered to resemble the singer’s. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Diva Back From the Dead," 14 Nov. 2018 And is if any of the players needed another dose of reality, early in the scrimmage they were reminded of their teammate by an eerie coincidence. Jim Derry, NOLA.com, "Hannan baseball community focused on CF Brandon Klein after batting cage accident," 15 Feb. 2018 At The Pines, ground-floor units were gutted and eerie. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "The Year Hurricane Harvey Swamped a Neighborhood—and Split a Friendship," 16 Aug. 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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