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uncanny

[uhn-kan-ee]
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  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

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-1 + canny
Related formsun·can·ni·ly, adverbun·can·ni·ness, noun

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2. preternatural, odd. See weird.

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2. ordinary, natural.
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uncanny

adjective
  1. characterized by apparently supernatural wonder, horror, etc
  2. beyond what is normal or expectedan uncanny accuracy
Derived Formsuncannily, adverbuncanniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncanny

adj.

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

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