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uncanny

[uhn-kan-ee] /ʌnˈkæn i/
adjective
1.
having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; beyond the ordinary or normal; extraordinary:
uncanny accuracy; an uncanny knack of foreseeing trouble.
2.
mysterious; arousing superstitious fear or dread; uncomfortably strange:
Uncanny sounds filled the house.
Origin of uncanny
1590-1600
1590-1600; un-1 + canny
Related forms
uncannily, adverb
uncanniness, noun
Synonyms
2. preternatural, odd. See weird.
Antonyms
2. ordinary, natural.
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Examples from the Web for uncanniness
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  • This, besides giving a fine idea of uncanniness, made one member of the audience sea-sick.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • 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 Sanni Metelerkamp
  • They gazed intently into the ball, and though they could see nothing, Patty felt a weird sense of uncanniness.

    Patty's Success Carolyn Wells
  • He laid it down and followed cautiously, ready to launch the boot at the first sign of uncanniness.

    Pearl of Pearl Island John Oxenham
  • I've handled many cases, but this one beats them all for uncanniness, and downright mystery.

    The Green God Frederic Arnold Kummer
  • As his eyes peered into the flames, they seemed intoxicated, obsessed, seized with uncanniness.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • The moat had an uncanniness of its own; it was haunted by leaping fires that overran it and left no trace.

    An Isle in the Water Katharine Tynan
  • Presently the sense of uncanniness abated somewhat; the elfin in her went out to meet the weirdness of the wood.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • Even Mr. Midshipman Hamshaw was decidedly disconcerted and nonplussed by the uncanniness of the situation.

    The Great Airship. F. S. Brereton
  • This intuition, combined with experience, had been developed to the point of uncanniness.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
     
    Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for uncanniness

uncanny

/ʌnˈkænɪ/
adjective
1.
characterized by apparently supernatural wonder, horror, etc
2.
beyond what is normal or expected: an uncanny accuracy
Derived Forms
uncannily, adverb
uncanniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncanniness

uncanny

adj.

1590s, "mischievous;" 1773 in the sense of "associated with the supernatural," originally Scottish and northern English, from un- (1) "not" + canny.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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