un·​easy | \ ˌən-ˈē-zē How to pronounce uneasy (audio) \

Definition of uneasy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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)

Other Words from uneasy


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Investors are uneasy about signs the biggest global economy might be facing a recession due to interest rate hikes imposed to cool surging inflation. CBS News, 30 June 2022 Some Democratic prosecutors are uneasy about declaring their districts safe havens for abortions, worried that any explicit vow not to enforce the law could be used as grounds for their own removal by Republican leaders. New York Times, 29 June 2022 Republicans will further pillory the decision for being made unilaterally, without Congress, and even some centrist Democrats are uneasy about the idea. Tyler Pager, Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Jeff Stein, Anchorage Daily News, 27 May 2022 Hours after a national curfew lifted early Thursday, there was an uneasy calm on the streets of Colombo, the capital. Hafeel Farisz, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 As Russian troops accumulate on the outskirts of Kyiv, Dr. Vitaliy Krylyuk said an uneasy calm has settled at the city's largest downtown hospital. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2022 Protests in Kazakhstan that left at least 26 demonstrators and 18 law enforcement officers dead gave way to an uneasy calm Saturday as some 2,500 Russian troops arrived in the country. Grayson Quay, The Week, 8 Jan. 2022 The upcoming open enrollment season has many employees feeling uneasy about making the right health and retirement plan choices for 2022. Maria Abreu, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021 Traders had been feeling uneasy about how quickly the U.S. Federal Reserve might elect to rein in some of the support measures it's been giving the markets and economy. Yuri Kageyama, ajc, 24 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: 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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First Known Use of uneasy


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1596, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jul 2022

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“Uneasy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uneasy. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for uneasy


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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