un·​even | \ˌən-ˈē-vən \

Definition of uneven 

1a archaic : unequal sense 1a

b : odd sense 3a

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 \ 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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Networks and producers have taken steps to boost opportunities, but with uneven results. Lynn Elber, chicagotribune.com, "Emmy diversity gets a boost from Ricky Martin, Issa Rae," 13 July 2018 So Lansdale’s practice over the last several years was to wait for streetlights to malfunction and replace them one by one with LED lights, which meant uneven lighting. Michaelle Bond, Philly.com, "Pa. towns are saving millions by teaming up to buy LED lights. Could it be a national model?," 29 June 2018 But his inconsistency on both ends of the floor, primarily with offensive decision-making and defensive positioning, led to an uneven season that was supposed to be his breakout campaign. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "2018 NBA draft: When might Louisville basketball players be selected?," 20 June 2018 Because of its high concentration of ascorbic acid, the serum helps fade acne scarring and uneven skin tone quickly and effectively. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Soko Glam Celebrates Anniversary of Cosrx Triple C Lightning Liquid With Holographic Bottle," 24 Apr. 2018 The offensive performances largely have been uneven during summer league, with much of the scoring coming from the free-throw line against foul-prone opponents lacking the ability to defend at the NBA level without fouling. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Bam Adebayo leaving Heat with both questions, answers in summer league," 12 July 2018 Alas, progress has been slower than politicians promised and is uneven. The Economist, "AMLO, Mexico’s answer to Donald Trump," 23 June 2018 Theoretically, sure—but in reality, everything from uneven terrain to tight hip flexors can throw you off your game (and, as a result, your...trajectory). Gray Chapman, SELF, "7 Tips for Mastering the Art of Peeing Outside," 8 June 2018 The rest are hauled to the lot's uneven terrain for various reasons such as for traffic or parking violations. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville is littered with abandoned cars, and residents aren't happy," 7 June 2018

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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 \

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.
unevenness noun

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