- 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 eery
Somewhere among the currant bushes was a sound of eery laughter.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
The night was suddenly sibilant with eery, whistling voices.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
In the eery light a well-furnished living room was revealed.When the Sleepers Woke
Arthur Leo Zagat
It was like some eery fantasy, born of an overwrought brain.The Promise
James B. Hendryx
The effect was fascinating—even thrilling—and yet it was eery.The Camp Fire Girls at the End of the Trail
- (esp of places, an atmosphere, etc) mysteriously or uncannily frightening or disturbing; weird; ghostly
Word Origin and History for eery
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.