uneasy

adjective
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

uneasy

adverb

Definition of uneasy (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from uneasy

Adjective

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

For a decade, the Soviet Union has set up a magical wall to blockade Berlin, creating an uneasy peace between the East and West. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "11 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out this November," 1 Nov. 2018 The conflict ended in an uneasy peace with Eritrea, which earlier fought a decades-long war of independence from Ethiopia. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea to sign accord in Saudi Arabia," 16 Sep. 2018 Washington would need at least 8,000 interceptors to blunt Russia’s nuclear force, an unaffordable number, but the situation still makes Moscow uneasy. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Tests Yet Another Hypersonic Weapon," 27 Dec. 2018 That’s a truly expansive rationale that makes even many conservatives uneasy. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh, the almost-certain next member of the Supreme Court, explained," 5 Oct. 2018 The extent of the rollback, and the prospect of an all-out legal battle between the Trump administration and California, has made even some automakers uneasy. Hiroko Tabuchi, The Seattle Times, "California strikes back against the Trump administration’s auto-pollution rollback," 7 Aug. 2018 Kethledge has a shorter paper trail than either of the others, which might make confirmation easier, but which makes some conservative activists uneasy. David Lauter, latimes.com, "As Trump readies Supreme Court pick, Democrats prepare a fight even though a loss is likely," 6 July 2018 The transformation of the GOP under Trump makes some lawmakers uneasy. Lisa Mascaro And Meg Kinnard, chicagotribune.com, "'Trump enough?': Primary election lesson for Republicans: Don't cross the president," 13 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of uneasy

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1596, in the meaning defined above

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uneasy

adjective

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

uneasy

adjective
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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