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

Still, Comcast would have to overcome what has been an uneasy relationship with Hulu, at times, in the past. Shalini Ramachandran, WSJ, "Hulu’s Fate Hinges on Outcome of Fox Bidding War," 28 June 2018 The Environmental Protection Agency contends that these troubling results are not scientific, which only highlights the agency’s own uneasy relationship with science. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Trump’s environmental policies could lead to an extra 80,000 deaths per decade, say Harvard scientists," 14 June 2018 More signs of an uneasy relationship emerged Sunday when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Argentina. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Australia's attempts to rebuild relationship with Beijing run into trouble," 23 May 2018 In contrast, John Kennedy and the FBI had an uneasy relationship. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, "The perennial presidential urge to bring FBI 'under control'," 29 Mar. 2018 The plot revolves around the uneasy relationship between Troy Maxson, a former Negro Leagues star who now works as a garbage man, and his son. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to stage first-ever musical," 22 Feb. 2018 The second hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection invited cybersecurity professionals to the Hill to discuss the historically uneasy relationship between companies and hackers. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Bitcoin and Bug Bounties, Apple and Cisco's Cyber Deal, iPhone Leak," 10 Feb. 2018 Brand’s departure may shake an already uneasy relationship between the White House and the Justice Department. Tessa Berenson, Time, "A Major Justice Department Official Is Stepping Down Amid Tensions With Trump," 9 Feb. 2018 Syria’s future would be determined by the Arabs, Iran would accept Iraq as a neutral buffer state between it and the Sunni Arab world, and an uneasy peace would prevail. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Trump, Iran and American Power," 14 May 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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to express warning or disapproval

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