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



Definition of uneasy (Entry 2 of 2)

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective When two Bend-area football programs were put on a brief hiatus earlier this month because of coronavirus outbreaks, Merrick couldn’t help but feel a bit uneasy about the upcoming season. oregonlive, 23 Aug. 2021 The police chief added that police presence can also make some residents feel uneasy. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Aug. 2021 On big travel days or in situations that might feel a bit more uneasy, a constant stream of communication is also helpful. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Aug. 2021 Some people might feel uneasy about the idea of studying felines in the lab. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 28 July 2021 But after experiencing a vision of sorts during the procedure, Lucy starts to feel uneasy about the pregnancy. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 25 June 2021 Breaking away from that could make some feel uneasy. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2021 After a year of public health warnings, some family members might feel uneasy about loosening the rules while others might be anxious to get back to normal. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2021 New technology also will be beneficial to, and perhaps necessary for, welcoming back those employees that are uneasy about returning. Tom Goodmanson, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb As prosecutors moved to drop charges against Mr. Watts, the man who had made Ms. Francisco uneasy returned to her shop on Jan. 4. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of uneasy


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1596, in the meaning defined above

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“Uneasy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uneasy. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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


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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