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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
1250-1300; Middle English unesy. See un-1, easy
Related forms
unease, noun
uneasily, adverb
uneasiness, noun Unabridged
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  • There is such an uneasiness in Paris, that we have actually a run of confidence upon us!

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • "We may have plenty of it yet," replied the lieutenant, with a suspicion of uneasiness in his tone.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • At least that is how I interpret the uneasiness, the hesitation, which I now seemed to perceive in him.

    The Dark Forest Hugh Walpole
  • As he glanced at the girls' table, he could detect a current of uneasiness.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
  • There was a degree of uneasiness felt after we were informed of the horror of Duck Lake.

British Dictionary definitions for uneasiness


(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 uneasiness


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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