ee·​rie | \ ˈir-ē How to pronounce eerie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly eery
eerier; eeriest

Definition of eerie

1 : so mysterious, strange, or unexpected as to send a chill up the spine a coyote's eerie howl the similarities were eerie also : seemingly not of earthly origin the flames cast an eerie glow
2 chiefly Scotland : affected with fright : scared

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Other Words from eerie

eeriness \ ˈir-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce eerie (audio) \ noun

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weird, eerie, uncanny mean mysteriously strange or fantastic. weird may imply an unearthly or supernatural strangeness or it may stress peculiarity or oddness. weird creatures from another world eerie suggests an uneasy or fearful consciousness that mysterious and malign powers are at work. an eerie calm preceded the bombing raid uncanny implies disquieting strangeness or mysteriousness. an uncanny resemblance between total strangers

Examples of eerie in a Sentence

The flames cast an eerie glow. a land of eerie beauty
Recent Examples on the Web The soundstage created by Super X-Fi headphone holography is positively eerie and the sound appears to float around you. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 In an exclusive sneak peek at Hulu's upcoming drama Nine Perfect Strangers, romance novelist Frances (Melissa McCarthy) is greeted by wellness resort director Masha (Nicole Kidman) for the first time — and the interaction is eerie as can be. Christina Dugan,, 11 Aug. 2021 The scene was still eerie: the gloom, the heat, the whispering, the low, insistent whine of the jet engine, the mass of dim faces crowded so close together. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2021 But the eerie Papa Calaca (Raúl Cardona) hovers nearby, a sign not only of Quixote’s mortality but also of migrant deaths and other tragedies at the border. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 Goodell noticed the eerie emptiness of the sprawling Google campus, a sign the company grasped the danger early. Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 Thanks to their soft PVC material, the weather-resistant wings can easily stick to windows and walls in your home or on your covered front porch to give you a subtle eerie feeling year after year. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Sep. 2021 Before the event began, a jet flew overhead in an eerie echo of the attacks, drawing a glance from Mr. Biden toward the sky. CBS News, 11 Sep. 2021 Although what was in the air in New York City in the fall of 2001 is not nearly the same as coronavirus now, there are some eerie similarities to how messaging around health and safety was handled, Katzman notes. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of eerie

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for eerie

Middle English (northern dialect) eri

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19 Oct 2021

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“Eerie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eerie

: strange and mysterious


ee·​rie | \ ˈir-ē How to pronounce eerie (audio) \
eerier; eeriest

Kids Definition of eerie

: causing fear and uneasiness : strange an eerie coincidence

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