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 The filmmakers have created an uneasy and often awkward mix of murderous violence and social commentary, with one element often stepping on the other. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "‘The Hunt’ is a clunky swipe at a divided US," 12 Mar. 2020 Italy’s government is also weak, comprised of an uneasy and changing coalition which has at times fallen apart. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "Italy follows China’s lead on coronavirus containment," 8 Mar. 2020 The design looks as if it’s carved into the earth, and its setting at cliff’s edge is a beautiful but uneasy reminder of how jagged and high these bluffs are. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, "This San Francisco hike offers nature, history — and unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge," 28 Feb. 2020 Online and in-store U.S. toilet paper sales rose 51% between Feb. 24 and March 10, as buyers started getting uneasy about the growing number of virus cases, according to The Associated Press. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "One month into coronavirus stay-at-home, finding your favorite brand of TP, other products still a challenge," 9 Apr. 2020 But Cookie is increasingly uneasy about their nocturnal missions. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“First Cow,” Reviewed: Kelly Reichardt’s Fatalistic Portrait of Early American Entrepreneurs," 9 Mar. 2020 Still, many in China are uneasy about loosening up virus controls too quickly. Paul Mozur, BostonGlobe.com, "To tame coronavirus, Mao-style social control blankets China," 15 Feb. 2020 The deliberations also suggest that some in the president's circle are uneasy about what Bolton might say. Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s lawyers, Senate allies aim to ensure Bolton does not testify publicly," 21 Jan. 2020 NCSolutions, a data and consulting firm, said online and in-store U.S. toilet paper sales rose 51% between Feb. 24 and March 10, as buyers started getting uneasy about the growing number of virus cases. Dee-ann Durbin, Houston Chronicle, "Wiped out of toilet paper? Here's why," 9 Apr. 2020

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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 29 May. 2020.

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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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