un·​easy | \ ˌən-ˈē-zē \

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


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

The apparent pursuits of Alderweireld and Boateng should make fans feel uneasy. SI.com, "Why Harry Maguire is the Centre Back That Man Utd Should Be Looking at This Summer," 4 July 2018 Catastrophic school shootings left many students uneasy, while the housing market collapse in 2008 made some of their families insecure in their own homes. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Graduation in an age of innovation — and uncertainty," 10 June 2018 While the Landrieu administration has seemed uneasy with the Morrell and Brossett proposals, there has been no analysis provided that examines their potential impact on city government revenue. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell won't oppose limits on parking ticket boots," 6 Apr. 2018 True, fears of a vast government database on travelers are making some people uneasy. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Future of Biometrics at the Airport," 20 Sep. 2018 Pokora’s close relationship with May made his hacker cohorts uneasy. Brendan I. Koerner, WIRED, "The Young and the Reckless," 17 Apr. 2018 When freshman center Mo Bamba walked gingerly back to the locker room to be evaluated by trainers following an awkward landing on a block attempt, the air in the Erwin Center grew tense and uneasy. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Texas dominates Mississippi behind Mo Bamba’s big game," 27 Jan. 2018 When freshman center Mo Bamba walked gingerly back to the locker room to be evaluated by trainers following an awkward landing on a block attempt, the air in the Erwin Center grew tense and uneasy. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "BKC Ole Miss at UT men’s hoops 1-28," 27 Jan. 2018 An influential senior partner in Johannesburg, David Fine, had grown increasingly uneasy about Trillian, according to his testimony to Parliament. New York Times, "How McKinsey Lost Its Way in South Africa," 26 June 2018

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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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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 \
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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