- uncanny, so as to inspire superstitious fear; weird: an eerie midnight howl.
- Chiefly Scot. affected with superstitious fear.
Origin of eerie
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Examples from the Web for eerie
Yet the eerie echoing of the earlier faux interview in another major media outlet was unsettling for jazz lovers.What’s With This Uncool Surge in Jazz Bashing?
November 2, 2014
An examination of the eerie similarities between Litchfield Prison and Agrestic.Orange Is the New Weeds: The Adventures of Jenji Kohan Across the 8th Dimension
Rich Goldstein, Emily Shire
August 18, 2014
Plus wearing gowns, gloves, goggles and masks imparts an eerie moonwalk sensation as one enters the facility.Caring for Ebola Patients Deeply Scary For Health Care Workers
August 2, 2014
The music is eerie and disturbing, and it is easy to imagine how revolutionary it sounded in 1983.Punks, UFOs, and Heroin: How ‘Liquid Sky’ Became a Cult Movie
June 2, 2014
This, it should be said, bears an eerie similarity to the targeted, predatory lending of the last decade.How We Built the Ghettos
March 13, 2014
Here is something before unknown to the eerie spirits of the woods.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
The night sounds of the city hummed in eerie cadences in her ears.Highacres
About her were all the eerie noises of the dark, the little, little sounds of little, little things.Glory of Youth
The moor was sounding loud and eerie with the call of large birds.Gilian The Dreamer
In this vast solitude there was something weird and eerie that shook her courage.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
- (esp of places, an atmosphere, etc) mysteriously or uncannily frightening or disturbing; weird; ghostly
Word Origin and History for eerie
c.1300, "fearful, timid," north England and Scottish variant of Old English earg "cowardly, fearful," from Proto-Germanic *argaz (cf. Old Frisian erg "evil, bad," Middle Dutch arch "bad," Dutch arg, Old High German arg "cowardly, worthless," German arg "bad, wicked," Old Norse argr "unmanly, voluptuous," Swedish arg "malicious").
Sense of "causing fear because of strangeness" is first attested 1792. Related: Eerily. Finnish arka "cowardly" is a Germanic loan-word.