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 Restaurants will remain vulnerable as long as people are uneasy about contracting the virus, and as long as business and leisure travel remains depressed, says Sean Kennedy, an executive vice president at the restaurant association. BostonGlobe.com, "Restaurant survival hopes pick up as $28.6B in grants begin," 3 May 2021 But officials were uneasy about their access to the database. Author: Mary Beth Sheridan, Anchorage Daily News, "How two young math geeks solved the mystery of Mexico City’s COVID-19 dead," 3 May 2021 Senior Foreign correspondent Ian Pannell joins us from Afghanistan, where things are uneasy ahead of the original May 1 deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, "Biden's road trip starts as partisan paths loom larger: The Note," 29 Apr. 2021 Reeves is one of many employees who are uneasy about returning back to work. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, "FedEx not saying if they're changing security after shooting," 19 Apr. 2021 Allen plays Chloe, a homeschooled high school senior who starts to get the uneasy feeling that her mother, Diane (Paulson), has been hiding something from her. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Run’s Kiera Allen Is An Action Star Like You’ve Never Seen Before," 1 Apr. 2021 Sometimes that persistent, uneasy feeling comes down to values. Lisa Coleman, Forbes, "Why It's Important To Know What's Important To You," 12 Mar. 2021 That's better than different colors in every room, which creates an uneasy feeling of disconnect. Karen Martin, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | KAREN MARTIN: Personal space is what you make it," 4 Jan. 2021 From the moment James’s character finds a book of poetry with that malignant monogram on its cover, the letter reappears again and again, adding to the uneasy feeling that the former lady of the house is never truly out of the picture. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "The Hidden Messages Inside Netflix's New Rebecca," 23 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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, "Attacker Stalked Women in Brooklyn for Weeks as Police Stayed Silent," 4 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of uneasy was in the 14th century

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“Uneasy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uneasy. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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