- 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 uncanny
Archaeologists have an uncanny ability to ignore the discomforts and channel the time period and the people they're studying.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
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In an uncanny way, that describes the precise definition of the hipster, when the term first appeared in the American vocabulary.Why Do We Hate Hipsters So F'ing Much?
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Another had an uncanny ability to land paving jobs in Southern Nevada.The Cowboy Sheriff of Las Vegas Rides Into ‘Mob Museum’
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Almost nothing has been touched since the fall of the USSR in 1991, providing an uncanny glimpse behind the Iron Curtain.Secret KGB Torture House Opens Its Doors in Riga
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And from the side, with the lips and ears elongated, the resemblance is uncanny.‘Breaking Bad’ in the White House: Bryan Cranston as LBJ in 'All the Way'
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The silence of it discomfited him beyond measure; it was, in a word, uncanny.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
For my part, grim and uncanny as he looked, I was glad to see him.The Long Labrador Trail
Not only were his eyes averted from mine, but they were glassed to an uncanny degree.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
This knowledge, with the dream, was to him an uncanny thing.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
Everything one says and does seems to turn in one's mouth—it's—it's uncanny.The Silver Box (First Series Plays)
- characterized by apparently supernatural wonder, horror, etc
- beyond what is normal or expectedan uncanny accuracy
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Word Origin and History for uncanny
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