adjective, ee·ri·er, ee·ri·est.
Origin of eerie
Examples from the Web for eerie
Yet the eerie echoing of the earlier faux interview in another major media outlet was unsettling for jazz lovers.
An examination of the eerie similarities between Litchfield Prison and Agrestic.Orange Is the New Weeds: The Adventures of Jenji Kohan Across the 8th Dimension|Rich Goldstein, Emily Shire|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Plus wearing gowns, gloves, goggles and masks imparts an eerie moonwalk sensation as one enters the facility.Caring for Ebola Patients Deeply Scary For Health Care Workers|Kent Sepkowitz|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The music is eerie and disturbing, and it is easy to imagine how revolutionary it sounded in 1983.Punks, UFOs, and Heroin: How ‘Liquid Sky’ Became a Cult Movie|Daniel Genis|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This, it should be said, bears an eerie similarity to the targeted, predatory lending of the last decade.
I have loitered on Waterloo Bridge to gaze on the magic of the river and listen to the eerie music of Time's roaring loom.The Haunts of Old Cockaigne|Alex Thompson
A night attack was evidently under way, and it is always an eerie sensation.War in the Garden of Eden|Kermit Roosevelt
The old Major called back to me; his voice seemed detached, eerie with the thin laugh in it.The Sleuth of St. James's Square|Melville Davisson Post
Only Aghadoe Abbey was eerie at night, especially in winter storms, since my cousin Theobald went away.The Story of Bawn|Katharine Tynan
The line went quiet, the eerie silence of a net-connection with no packets routing on it.Makers|Cory Doctorow
adjective eerier or eeriest
Word Origin for eerie
c.1300, "fearful, timid," north England and Scottish variant of Old English earg "cowardly, fearful," from Proto-Germanic *argaz (cf. Old Frisian erg "evil, bad," Middle Dutch arch "bad," Dutch arg, Old High German arg "cowardly, worthless," German arg "bad, wicked," Old Norse argr "unmanly, voluptuous," Swedish arg "malicious").
Sense of "causing fear because of strangeness" is first attested 1792. Related: Eerily. Finnish arka "cowardly" is a Germanic loan-word.