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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Other words from uneasy


uneasiness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for uneasy

Synonyms: Adjective

awkward, clumsy, gauche, graceless, inelegant, rough-hewn, rustic (also rustical), stiff, stilted, uncomfortable, ungraceful, wooden

Antonyms: Adjective

graceful, suave, urbane

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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 honeymoon has led to uneasy negotiations with city officials and new rules to restrict their presence. Anna-sofia Lesiv, The Seattle Times, "The cutthroat turf war behind the race to charge Bay Area electric scooters," 10 July 2018 The fallout was swift the morning after German Chancellor Angela Merkel reached an uneasy late-night immigration compromise with hard-line coalition allies, an agreement that appears to have saved her fragile government, at least for now. James Mcauley, latimes.com, "Pressure mounts as Germany's Merkel fine-tunes immigration compromise," 3 July 2018 And while Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial opinions are publicly known, Mr. McConnell is uneasy about relitigating Bush-era controversies, the officials briefed on his discussions with Mr. Trump said. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "4 big questions about Brett Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 Xi’s government has expressed confidence China can hold out against U.S. pressure, but companies and investors are uneasy. Joe Mcdonald, USA TODAY, "China rejects ‘threats and blackmail’ on eve of US tariff hike," 5 July 2018 Chinese leaders are especially uneasy about relying on foreign technology to keep the nation's secrets. Joe Mcdonald, The Christian Science Monitor, "US tariffs could spur tech development in China," 5 July 2018 By Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus, Kabir Khanna and Anthony Salvanto In the aftermath of the Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit, fewer Americans are now uneasy about possible conflict with North Korea. CBS News, "Mixed views of Trump-Kim summit, fewer uneasy about conflict now," 18 June 2018 Many of its occupants have since been uneasy about the building. Jeff Mcdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Seller proposed Ash Street tower as a new City Hall, and Faulconer aides never told the City Council," 28 May 2018 United may feel less uneasy about selling the winger to a team outside England. SI.com, "Tottenham Fans React as New Report Provides Update on Anthony Martial's Man Utd Future," 2 July 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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