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[uhn-ee-zee] /ʌnˈi zi/
adjective, uneasier, uneasiest.
not easy in body or mind; uncomfortable; restless; disturbed; perturbed.
not easy in manner; constrained; awkward.
not conducive to ease; causing bodily discomfort.
Origin of uneasy
First recorded in 1250-1300, uneasy is from the Middle English word unesy. See un-1, easy
Related forms
unease, noun
uneasily, adverb
uneasiness, noun Unabridged
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  • But even in the refuge of her own rooms the ring encircled Flora with unease.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • Julyman was troubled at the unease he observed in the white man's eyes.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • But only his body betrayed his unease; his face was impassive and calm.


    Randall Garrett
  • Brion followed him, trying to ignore the growing tension and unease he felt.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • He got up and paced, stunned, just conscious of a feeling of unease.

    The Lord of the Sea M. P. Shiel
British Dictionary definitions for unease


(of a person) anxious; apprehensive
(of a condition) precarious; uncomfortable: an uneasy truce
(of a thought, etc) disturbing; disquieting
Derived Forms
unease, noun
uneasily, adverb
uneasiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unease


late 13c., "not comforting," from un- (1) "not" + easy. Meaning "disturbed in mind" is attested from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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