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uneasy

[uhn-ee-zee]
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adjective, un·eas·i·er, un·eas·i·est.
  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

First recorded in 1250–1300, uneasy is from the Middle English word unesy. See un-1, easy
Related formsun·ease, nounun·eas·i·ly, adverbun·eas·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for uneasy

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  • 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

uneasy

adjective
  1. (of a person) anxious; apprehensive
  2. (of a condition) precarious; uncomfortablean uneasy truce
  3. (of a thought, etc) disturbing; disquieting
Derived Formsunease, noununeasily, adverbuneasiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uneasy

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

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