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 killingsMarjory 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

2 of 2

adverb

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
For the Ukrainian people, the cataclysmic abnormality wrought by the invasion has, after two years, become an uneasy new normal. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Feb. 2024 The uneasy give and take between the film’s central characters is loosely based on the relationship between Rasti and his estranged father, with whom the director hasn’t spoken in several years. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 19 Feb. 2024 Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) said the council had limited the extension to 90 days because some members were uneasy giving Bowser carte blanche to circumvent procurement rules and other extraordinary powers afforded under a public emergency. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2024 This became the metanarrative that binds many contemporary Jews, from uneasy liberal Zionists to settler fanatics, to a tradition that can feel otherwise unmoored. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2024 In 2023, things picked up with a 5% GDP growth rate, but experts say this belies the uneasy recovery that’s shaken the confidence of consumers and investors alike. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 13 Feb. 2024 But Ushuaia’s history as a city and a prison poses an uneasy question. Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 The turn in weather made the Catholics who had gathered at Adelson’s house uneasy. Bishop Sand, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024 Popular uprisings were still common, however, and whatever uneasy truce prevailed was enforced by the military might of Rome. Elizabeth Heath, Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2024
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 Mar. 2024.

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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