uneven

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adjective un·even \ˌən-ˈē-vən\

Definition of uneven

  1. 1a archaic :  unequal 1ab :  odd 3a

  2. 2a :  not even :  not level or smooth :  rugged, ragged <large uneven teeth> <uneven handwriting>b :  varying from the straight or parallelc :  not uniform :  irregular <uneven combustion>d :  varying in quality <an uneven performance>

  3. 3 :  unequal 3a <an uneven confrontation>

unevenly

adverb

unevenness

play \ˌən-ˈē-və(n)-nəs\ noun

Examples of uneven in a sentence

  1. His breathing was shallow and uneven.

  2. You should check your car's tires often for signs of uneven wear.

  3. an uneven distribution of wealth

  4. We have an uneven number of players, so we'll have to rotate.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of uneven

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of uneven

rough, harsh, uneven, rugged, scabrous mean not smooth or even. rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface <a rough wooden board>. harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch <a harsh fabric that chafes the skin>. uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality <an old house with uneven floors>. rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel <a rugged landscape>. scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface <a scabrous leaf>.


UNEVEN Defined for English Language Learners

uneven

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adjective un·even \ˌən-ˈē-vən\

Definition of uneven for English Language Learners

  • : not level, flat, or smooth

  • : not straight or parallel

  • : not following a regular pattern : not the same in all parts or at all times


UNEVEN Defined for Kids

uneven

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adjective un·even \ˌən-ˈē-vən\

Definition of uneven for Students

  1. 1 :  odd 3 <uneven numbers>

  2. 2 :  not level, straight, or smooth <an uneven surface>

  3. 3 :  irregular 4 <uneven breathing>

  4. 4 :  varying in quality <an uneven performance>

  5. 5 :  unequal 2 <an uneven competition>

unevenly

adverb <The board was cut unevenly.>

unevenness

noun


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