- eerie; weird; spooky.
Origin of eldritch
Examples from the Web for eldritch
Historical Examples of eldritch
She broke off, and shuddered violently, then burst into eldritch laughter.Prisoners of Hope
Jacky, with her eldritch voice, had attempted to sing Bessie Bell in her honor—and to leave it all!Merkland
It is hardly possible to exaggerate the weird fascination and eldritch charm of this once dreaded, ill-omened place.The Roof of France
And the woman, whose voice had risen to a kind of eldritch sing-song, turned with a skip, and was gone.Kidnapped
Robert Louis Stevenson
And the wind burst upon us again, catching my empty denial and tossing the words to upper air with eldritch laughter.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
- poetic, Scot unearthly; weird
Word Origin for eldritch
c.1500, apparently somehow from elf (cf. Scottish variant elphrish), an explanation OED finds "suitable;" Watkins connects its elements with Old English el- "else, otherwise" and rice "realm."