un·​even | \ ˌən-ˈē-vən How to pronounce uneven (audio) \

Definition of uneven

1a archaic : unequal sense 1a
2a : not even : not level or smooth : rugged, ragged large uneven teeth uneven handwriting
b : varying from the straight or parallel
c : not uniform : irregular uneven combustion
d : varying in quality an uneven performance
3 : unequal sense 3a an uneven confrontation

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Other Words from uneven

unevenly adverb
unevenness \ ˌən-​ˈē-​və(n)-​nəs How to pronounce unevenness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of uneven in a Sentence

His breathing was shallow and uneven. You should check your car's tires often for signs of uneven wear. an uneven distribution of wealth We have an uneven number of players, so we'll have to rotate.
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The real question could be if Meyers plays ahead of James Johnson, who has had an uneven role the past two years. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is Chris Paul an upgrade on Dragic, Winslow?," 14 July 2019 For instance, although properly painting a room is not necessarily an easy task, only one trade is involved and bad outcomes include the wrong choice of color or sheen, uneven paint application, or a mess to clean up. Jeff Reina, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Dodge DIY remodeling disasters by hiring a pro," 14 July 2019 For McClendon, the stakes feel uneven:The property manager has little at risk. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "‘I’m scared:’ Single mother of five fights eviction from SF public housing," 11 July 2019 Their unstable, uneven life sometimes overwhelms them. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "4 addresses in 4 months: This is what poverty looks like for this Cincinnati family," 10 July 2019 But Bell seemed to sabotage his Warriors career with some uneven play this past season while averaging just 3.3 points in just 11.6 minutes per game in 68 appearances. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Jordan Bell has parting message for Warriors," 9 July 2019 The Americans head into this match after an uneven couple of weeks. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "For the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, Hopes Rise but Mexico Awaits," 6 July 2019 Many African countries are experiencing uneven growth and rising debt. Danny Bradlow, Quartz Africa, "After the free trade agreement, we need to focus on realizing the African Monetary Fund," 6 July 2019 Another notable point is how uneven this expansion has been, in terms of who has benefited most and what areas of America those benefits have gone to. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "The economic expansion just hit a record for the longest ever," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of uneven

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of uneven

: not level, flat, or smooth
: not straight or parallel
: not following a regular pattern : not the same in all parts or at all times


un·​even | \ ˌən-ˈē-vən How to pronounce uneven (audio) \

Kids Definition of uneven

1 : odd sense 3 uneven numbers
2 : not level, straight, or smooth an uneven surface
3 : irregular sense 4 uneven breathing
4 : varying in quality an uneven performance
5 : unequal sense 2 an uneven competition

Other Words from uneven

unevenly adverb The board was cut unevenly.

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