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eerie

or ee·ry

[ eer-ee ]
/ ˈɪər i /
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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

First recorded in 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”

synonym study 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
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British Dictionary definitions for eerie

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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