Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

uneasy

[uhn-ee-zee] /ʌnˈi zi/
adjective, uneasier, uneasiest.
1.
not easy in body or mind; uncomfortable; restless; disturbed; perturbed.
2.
not easy in manner; constrained; awkward.
3.
not conducive to ease; causing bodily discomfort.
Origin of uneasy
1250-1300
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for uneasily
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • uneasily, he had remained in the library until the allotted time was elapsed.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • uneasily, and troubled with its dream of guilt, the nation sleeps on.

  • The men stood very still, looking from one to the other uneasily.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • I uneasily recalled now that he had once been a bit of a dog himself.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Yet Wrayson was uneasily conscious of something underneath it all which he could not fathom.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "You make me feel as if I were with detectives," she said, laughing, but uneasily.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • In a little while she was sleeping, uneasily and with moans and sobbings, but sleeping, nevertheless.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "I wonder when your brother will expect to start," he began, uneasily.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • She watches him covertly, uneasily, longing for the end of the run.

    The Cuckoo Clock Wesley Barefoot
British Dictionary definitions for uneasily

uneasy

/ʌnˈiːzɪ/
adjective
1.
(of a person) anxious; apprehensive
2.
(of a condition) precarious; uncomfortable: an uneasy truce
3.
(of a thought, etc) disturbing; disquieting
Derived Forms
unease, noun
uneasily, adverb
uneasiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for uneasily

uneasy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for uneasy

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for uneasily

11
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for uneasily