Synonyms & Antonyms of uneven

1 not having a level or smooth surface
  • the driveway is uneven and collects water in several large puddles whenever it rains

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2 not staying constant
  • the level of attendance at the ballpark has been very uneven this season

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3 inclined or twisted to one side
  • a goofy guy with an uneven grin

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Frequently Asked Questions About uneven

How does the adjective uneven contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of uneven are harsh, rough, rugged, and scabrous. While all these words mean "not smooth or even," uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality.

an old house with uneven floors

When is harsh a more appropriate choice than uneven?

The synonyms harsh and uneven are sometimes interchangeable, but harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch.

a harsh fabric that chafes the skin

In what contexts can rough take the place of uneven?

While in some cases nearly identical to uneven, rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface.

a rough wooden board

When could rugged be used to replace uneven?

The words rugged and uneven are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel.

a rugged landscape

When is it sensible to use scabrous instead of uneven?

While the synonyms scabrous and uneven are close in meaning, scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface.

a scabrous leaf

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The first known use of uneven was before the 12th century

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“Uneven.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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