Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for uneasy
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • I was, in a manner, forced to work, yet I was uneasy and troubled in my mind.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • But she was so uneasy, she simply bent down and looked at him.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • But when he left the old man at Mrs. North's door, he was uneasy again.

  • It might have comforted her a little, had she known what uneasy moments Martin was having.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • For some reason Mainwaring was possessed by a strange, uneasy feeling.

British Dictionary definitions for uneasy


(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
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 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

Nearby words for uneasy

Word Value for uneasy

Scrabble Words With Friends