- having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; beyond the ordinary or normal; extraordinary: uncanny accuracy; an uncanny knack of foreseeing trouble.
- mysterious; arousing superstitious fear or dread; uncomfortably strange: Uncanny sounds filled the house.
Origin of uncanny
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2. preternatural, odd. See weird.
2. ordinary, natural.
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Examples from the Web for uncannily
And he bore an uncannily resemblance to the spaghetti monster sketch.How ‘True Detective’ Will End
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He has been uncannily successful at making Mitt Romney, not himself, the main subject of the campaign.Defining the Real Obama, Ctd.
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The depiction of post-riot London uncannily anticipates Ground Zero.Book Bag: Actor Simon Callow’s Favorite Dickens Novels
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Everything Clinton has, uncannily enough, is something Obama kinda lacks.Previewing the Big Dog
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He is also uncannily good at guessing what time it is without looking at a watch.Meet the Superhero Vigilantes
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At times Leavitt could be as uncannily brilliant as he was dull and boresome.
She began to laugh softly, uncannily, in a way that tore my heart.Two Sides of the Face
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She was nearly as strong as I, and uncannily clever at all boys' sports.My Antonia
The look was so mournful, so uncannily intent that he turned away from it.The Patrician
All of which it might have been open to me to feel I had uncannily promoted.A Small Boy and Others
- characterized by apparently supernatural wonder, horror, etc
- beyond what is normal or expectedan uncanny accuracy
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Word Origin and History for uncannily
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