uneasy

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adjective

un·​easy ˌən-ˈē-zē How to pronounce uneasy (audio)
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
uneasiness noun

uneasy

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adverb

Example Sentences

Adjective Rain made the crew uneasy. He has an uneasy relationship with his father. We spent an uneasy night waiting for news.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The primary finding was that home-renovation media seems to make people feel uneasy in their own home. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 18 Nov. 2022 Ramsey claimed to feel uneasy and had trouble leaving his room. Kaitlyn Keegan, Hartford Courant, 20 Sep. 2022 For business owners, handing over the control of a piece of your business can sometimes feel uneasy. Stephen King, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 But in the course of energizing their core voters, Republicans in many states lost voters in the political center—both independents and many Republicans who are uneasy with elements of the party’s focus under Mr. Trump. Aaron Zitner, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2022 Even in the locker room, where Reich was respected and well liked, players seemed uneasy with so many changes. Arkansas Online, 8 Nov. 2022 Even in the locker room, where Reich was respected and well liked, players seemed uneasy with so many changes. Michael Marot, ajc, 7 Nov. 2022 Franklin, then 28, noted that her decision did not sit well with her Detroit-preacher father, a civil rights pioneer uneasy with the movement's radicalization. Brian Mccollum, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2022 Franklin, then 28, noted that her decision did not sit well with her Detroit-preacher father, a civil rights pioneer uneasy with the movement's radicalization. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 17 Oct. 2022
Adverb
Master has a stew of storylines that don’t always perfectly blend together, but I was impressed by how effective and uneasy-making its mood remained all the way to the end. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 4 Feb. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1596, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uneasy was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Uneasy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uneasy. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

uneasy

adjective

un·​easy
ˌən-ˈē-zē
1
: not easy in manner : awkward
uneasy among strangers
2
: disturbed by pain or worry : restless
rain made the crew uneasy
uneasily
-ˈēz-ə-lē
adverb
uneasiness
-ˈē-zē-nəs
noun

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