uneasy

adjective
un·​easy | \ ˌən-ˈē-zē How to pronounce uneasy (audio) \

Definition of uneasy

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1 : causing physical or mental discomfort uneasy news of captures and killings— Marjory S. Douglas
2 : not easy : difficult
3 : marked by lack of ease : awkward, embarrassed gave an uneasy laugh
4 : apprehensive, worried uneasy about the weather
5 : restless, unquiet an uneasy night
6 : precarious, unstable an uneasy truce

uneasy

adverb

Definition of uneasy (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from uneasy

Adjective

uneasiness noun

Examples of uneasy in a Sentence

Adjective

Rain made the crew uneasy. He has an uneasy relationship with his father. We spent an uneasy night waiting for news.
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Kabila had repeatedly called for the U.N. peacekeeping force known as MONUSCO to leave — without success, leading to uneasy relations with the United Nations. Edith M. Lederer, The Seattle Times, "UN starts looking toward the end of peacekeeping in Congo," 29 Mar. 2019 Fans are getting more uneasy about Kate and her baby after Chrissy's comments and a recent episode promo. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "This Shocking 'This Is Us' Fan Theory About What Happens to Kate's Baby Is Too Much," 5 Mar. 2019 Ankara has appealed to Russia and Iran, its uneasy negotiating partners, for a diplomatic resolution to the ticking bomb. Fox News, "Last stand: Syria's rebel Idlib prepares for a losing battle," 16 Sep. 2018 The Waterfords’ violent rape of June two episodes ago felt like a point of no return, an event that would permanently shatter whatever uneasy bond had existed between June and Serena. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode 12 Brings More Horror and a Shaky Truce," 4 July 2018 After an uneasy power-sharing agreement with Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party, Ranariddh was forcibly ousted in 1997 and fled the country. Time, "Cambodian Prince Norodom Ranariddh Seriously Injured in Car Accident That Killed His Wife," 18 June 2018 Terry Hemphill, who is 66, also was uneasy about hiring a much-younger trainer. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "Forget the Hotshot Trainer with the Six-Pack, Boomers Want Mature Fitness Coaches," 6 Apr. 2019 European investors are uneasy about the uncertain outlook for Britain’s plan to leave the European Union. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "Global stocks rebound after slide on growth worries," 26 Mar. 2019 For a decade, the Soviet Union has set up a magical wall to blockade Berlin, creating an uneasy peace between the East and West. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "11 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out this November," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of uneasy

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1596, in the meaning defined above

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uneasy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of uneasy

: worried or unhappy about something
: likely to change or end : not secure or settled
: awkward and uncomfortable : not relaxed

uneasy

adjective
un·​easy | \ ˌən-ˈē-zē How to pronounce uneasy (audio) \
uneasier; uneasiest

Kids Definition of uneasy

1 : not comfortable in manner : awkward Their staring made me uneasy.
2 : showing or filled with worry : apprehensive He was uneasy before the test.

Other Words from uneasy

uneasily \ -​zə-​lē \ adverb
uneasiness \ -​zē-​nəs \ noun

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