un·​earth·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈərth-lē How to pronounce unearthly (audio) \

Definition of unearthly

: not earthly: such as
a : not mundane : ideal unearthly love
b : not terrestrial unearthly radio sources
c : preternatural, supernatural an unearthly light
d : weird, eerie unearthly howls
e : absurd, ungodly gets up at an unearthly hour

Other Words from unearthly

unearthliness noun

Examples of unearthly in a Sentence

We left at the unearthly time of 5:00 a.m. an unearthly knack for picking winning lottery numbers
Recent Examples on the Web Its unearthly qualities are represented in part by the spaceman of Miranda’s comic. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2022 After dusk, the neon signs blazing above the live-music venues overpower the streetlights, painting an unearthly glow on the mostly white tourists and local revelers who line up in their leather boots to hear the city's next big thing. Travis Levius, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Dec. 2021 Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to an unearthly figure with blood dripping down its fangs. Baland Jalal, Scientific American, 15 July 2020 But instead of being terrorized by these flashing images of young women in iron restraints being brought to makeshift pyres, Veronica draws some unearthly strength from them. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 15 Aug. 2021 The Outpost Talon and Luna (Jessica Green, Maeve Courtier-Lilley) try to save Zed (Reece Ritchie) from unearthly powers in this new episode. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2021 Fitted with an intricate basket-weave pattern in a sheenless flat black, the pieces set a Shaker dinner table in the Brick Dwelling with unearthly stillness. BostonGlobe.com, 25 June 2021 Soon the rover should drive down the ramp of its landing platform, ready to explore its unearthly surroundings. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 14 May 2021 His first wife, Maria Dmitrievna Isaeva, who knew nothing of his previous ailments, suddenly heard his unearthly shriek and witnessed his convulsive movements, fainting, foaming at the mouth, and uncontrolled urination. Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021

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First Known Use of unearthly

1611, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2022

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“Unearthly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unearthly. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of unearthly

: very strange, unnatural, and frightening
: unreasonably early or late

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