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 There’s the uneasy dynamic between the two performers, fractious grande dame Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) and Manon (Manon Clavel), the rising ingenue who reminds her of a long-dead rival. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Ingenious Families," 2 July 2020 Parents of noise-phobic dogs and cats start to get uneasy this time of year. Cathy M. Rosenthal, ExpressNews.com, "Animals Matter: How to keep your dog and cat calm during 4th of July fireworks," 26 June 2020 The Galwan Valley, where the clash occurred, falls within a remote stretch of the 3,380-kilometer (2,100-mile) Line of Actual Control — the border established following a war between India and China in 1962 that resulted in an uneasy truce. Washington Post, "Indian army chief visits troops near troubled China border," 25 June 2020 The immediate focus of concern now, officials on both sides of the Atlantic said, is the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, where Russian troops and Ukrainian forces backed by NATO are locked in an uneasy ceasefire. John Walcott, Time, "Why U.S. And EU Officials Are Worried Putin Might Make Another Move in Ukraine," 23 June 2020 All through that long winter night the bookkeeper sat on his bench, and uneasy thoughts slipped through his brain. Joanne Turnbull, Harper's Magazine, "The Gamblers," 23 June 2020 The valley falls within a remote stretch of the 2,100-mile Line of Actual Control — the border established following a war between India and China in 1962 that resulted in an uneasy truce. NBC News, "China claims disputed valley where Chinese, Indian troops engaged in a deadly brawl," 20 June 2020 The action has taken place along a remote stretch of the 2,100-mile Line of Actual Control – the border established following a war between India and China in 1962 that resulted in an uneasy truce. The Christian Science Monitor, "Trading border accusations, can India and China make peace?," 19 June 2020 But rather than stamp out the virus, after the first month or two the number of cases instead fell to a low, uneasy sizzle. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Shelter In Place Works—If You Can Afford to Stay Home," 19 June 2020

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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 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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