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

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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 The 28-year-old remembers the eerie feeling of returning from lunch to find the jury room empty. Tim Prudente,, "Court’s in session: Anxious feelings, extensive preparations surround start of jury trials in Maryland amid pandemic," 4 Oct. 2020 The smoke drifting from the fires have transformed the skies in the Bay Area to an eerie orange hue. oregonlive, "San Francisco 49ers’ season-opening game could be postponed because of unhealthy air quality," 12 Sep. 2020 The smoke from the combined fires, which were sparked by lightning strikes in mid-August, caused the sky to turn an eerie orange over the Bay Area this week. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "California Wildfires: The August Complex Wildfire Is Now the Largest in California's History," 11 Sep. 2020 Thick smoke choked much of the state and cast an eerie orange hue across the sky on Wednesday. Arkansas Online, "California fire that killed 3 threatens thousands of homes," 10 Sep. 2020 Thick smoke choked much of the state and cast an eerie orange hue across the sky. Terence Chea And Brian Melley, The Christian Science Monitor, "California wildfire grows overnight, 20,000 told to evacuate," 10 Sep. 2020 Rick Huggins was sitting in the passenger seat while Patti drove through the eerie, empty Chicago rush hour. Star Tribune, "Lives, on the line," 2 Oct. 2020 The film's trailer, which EW is exclusively premiering, has the blood, crosses, eerie music, and goth stylings down pat. Rachel Yang,, "Watch trailer for Juliet Landau's A Place Among the Dead, exploring vampire fascination with Gary Oldman, more," 1 Oct. 2020 It’s the perfect eerie atmosphere for celebrating the holiday. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "You Can Rent This Spooky Manor in Minnesota for Just $78 a Night," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of eerie was in the 14th century

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18 Oct 2020

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“Eerie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce eerie (audio)

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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