[ uhn-kan-ee ]
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  1. having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; beyond the ordinary or normal; extraordinary: uncanny accuracy; an uncanny knack of foreseeing trouble.

  2. mysterious; arousing superstitious fear or dread; uncomfortably strange: Uncanny sounds filled the house.

Origin of uncanny

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-1 + canny

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2. See weird.

Other words for uncanny

Opposites for uncanny

Other words from uncanny

  • un·can·ni·ly, adverb
  • un·can·ni·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for uncanny


/ (ʌnˈkænɪ) /

  1. characterized by apparently supernatural wonder, horror, etc

  2. beyond what is normal or expected: an uncanny accuracy

Derived forms of uncanny

  • uncannily, adverb
  • uncanniness, noun

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