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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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  • 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


(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 uneasily


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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