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

Editors at the Times were uneasy about his use of anonymous sources and his aggressive tactics for getting information. Scott Sherman, The New York Review of Books, "A Muckraker’s Progress," 17 June 2019 Even some of the people who dial 311 — like Hwang at his temple — are uneasy about the process. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "L.A. is swamped with 311 complaints over homeless camps. But are the cleanups pointless?," 7 June 2019 Even some of the people who dial 311 — like Hwang at his temple — are uneasy about the process. San Diego Union-Tribune, "L.A. is swamped with 311 complaints over homeless camps. But are the cleanups pointless?," 7 June 2019 Arriving in the land of the midnight sun and the copious mind-altering substances, this uneasy group acclimates to the best of their abilities. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Midsommar’ review: ‘Hereditary’ director follows up with a scary vacation trip," 25 June 2019 The whole series doubles as a metaphor for uneasy artistic creation, for depression, and for life itself. Allegra Frank, Vox, "8 things to know about Neon Genesis Evangelion, the legendary anime now streaming on Netflix," 21 June 2019 Despite their frequently uneasy relationship, in public the two neighbours regularly affirm their ideological kinship and eternal partnership. The Economist, "Kim Jong Un entertains Xi Jinping at home," 21 June 2019 Woodstock, in Bibb County, contemplates an uneasy notoriety. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Bibb County gets $1.2 million grant for Mercedes improvements," 20 June 2019 The result—her terrifying, insistent, destabilizing, desolate, and invasive rhetoric—is in uneasy tension with her searching impulses as a critic. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, "Fighting for Her Life," 17 June 2019

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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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