eerie

or ee·ry

[ eer-ee ]
/ ˈɪər i /

adjective, ee·ri·er, ee·ri·est.

uncanny, so as to inspire superstitious fear; weird: an eerie midnight howl.
Chiefly Scot. affected with superstitious fear.

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Origin of eerie

1250–1300; Middle English eri, dialectal variant of argh, Old English earg cowardly; cognate with Old Frisian erg, Old Norse argr evil, German arg cowardly

SYNONYMS FOR eerie

1 See weird.

OTHER WORDS FROM eerie

ee·ri·ly, adverbee·ri·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH eerie

aerie eerie Erie

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British Dictionary definitions for eeriness

eerie
/ (ˈɪərɪ) /

adjective eerier or eeriest

(esp of places, an atmosphere, etc) mysteriously or uncannily frightening or disturbing; weird; ghostly

Derived forms of eerie

eerily, adverbeeriness, noun

Word Origin for eerie

C13: originally Scottish and Northern English, probably from Old English earg cowardly, miserable
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