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 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

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At least 300 firefighters responded to the Tenaja fire in Riverside County, which sent up an eerie and massive plume of smoke at dusk. Los Angeles Times, "Tenaja fire chars nearly 1,000 acres near Murrieta and prompts evacuations," 4 Sep. 2019 The store is eerie and dark, but more fun than frightening (except possibly for small children). Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, "Four Hours in Corona del Mar, where it’s already Halloween," 30 Aug. 2019 The results are a bit sad and eerie—and a reminder, perhaps, to put our phones away. Steve Mollman, Quartz, "Photographer removes our smartphones to show our strange and lonely new world," 28 Aug. 2019 The glow of a screen as darkness encroaches seems, by comparison, eerie and malevolent. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "Reader, I Googled It," 26 Aug. 2019 My first visit was on a snowy day last March, when the grounds were desolate-looking, a mix of eerie and romantic, very Scottish Highlands. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, "Glenstone’s connections to dance, now and on the horizon," 23 Aug. 2019 In the final two minutes, as the wheels reached for the runway at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the smell of smoke filled the pressurized cabin of the Boeing 737 and an eerie orange colored the Alaskan landscape. Geof Koss, Scientific American, "Alaska Reels During Summer of Fire, Heat and Floods," 21 Aug. 2019 It's described as an unsettling and eerie story of a widower who has spent years living with a haunting sound in his head. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Hamtramck theater festival could be breakthrough for female directors," 14 Aug. 2019 Often, her words offered an eerie but not unsurprising assessment of what peril awaits should it be ignored. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Toni Morrison’s Kaleidoscopic Vision of Literature," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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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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