ee·rie | \ˈir-ē \
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 \ adverb
eeriness \ˈir-ē-nəs \ 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 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

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Peter Bogdonavich, Lin Shaye, and Sally Kirkland all cameo in this eerie crime tale about a desperate aspiring actress, Priscilla (Arielle Brachfeld), who gets caught up in the dark underbelly of Hollywood. Katie Walsh,, "Dead-on noir 'Los Angeles Overnight' fails to grab hold," 8 Mar. 2018 In his absurdist comedy Sorry to Bother You, which makes its nationwide debut today, writer-director Boots Riley turns the Bay Area into an eerie labyrinth. Max Cea, Billboard, "'Sorry to Bother You' Director Boots Riley on Working With Tune-Yards and Breaking the Rules of Soundtracks," 13 July 2018 Satellite imagery from the National Weather Service and photos posted on social media showed winds carried the smoke 75 miles into the Bay Area, blanketing the region in an eerie yellow haze in the first days of the fire. Javier Panzar,, "Northern California fire sparked by faulty electric fence," 12 July 2018 The 1838 shipwreck was 'the Titanic of its time.' Divers just made an eerie discovery. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Deep sea explorers find mysterious creatures and one 'horror' off Carolinas coast," 9 July 2018 The Shermans were next to each other in an eerie tableau, their legs stretched out on the tiled floor, the belts holding them up by the neck, according to people familiar with the case. Jacquie Mcnish And Vipal Monga, WSJ, "After a Billionaire and His Wife Are Found Dead, Their Children Try to Crack the Case," 29 June 2018 But its eerie grin isn’t even the most unique feature of this deep sea ninja. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Blue," 26 June 2018 The new short film, set to fill your nightmare quota for the next few sleeps, has been teased over on Instagram’s new video platform IGTV, and is set to a soundtrack of eerie whistling, quiet water splashes, and creaking chairs. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "You Can Thank Selena Gomez's New Short Horror Film for Your Next Nightmare," 22 June 2018 Her current renown springs from her eerie resemblance to, in equal parts, Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Schiffer. Laura Brown, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Babe: Anna Ewers," 8 Apr. 2015

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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 \
eerier; eeriest

Kids Definition of eerie

: causing fear and uneasiness : strange an eerie coincidence

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a state of commotion or excitement

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