- 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 uncanniness
But in spite of this, and the uncanniness of his appearance, there was something about Outa Karel that drew one to him.Outa Karel's Stories
He laid it down and followed cautiously, ready to launch the boot at the first sign of uncanniness.Pearl of Pearl Island
This, besides giving a fine idea of uncanniness, made one member of the audience sea-sick.From Sea to Sea
As his eyes peered into the flames, they seemed intoxicated, obsessed, seized with uncanniness.The Goose Man
Presently the sense of uncanniness abated somewhat; the elfin in her went out to meet the weirdness of the wood.Antony Gray,--Gardener
- characterized by apparently supernatural wonder, horror, etc
- beyond what is normal or expectedan uncanny accuracy
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Word Origin and History for uncanniness
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