having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; beyond the ordinary or normal; extraordinary: uncanny accuracy; an uncanny knack of foreseeing trouble.
mysterious; arousing superstitious fear or dread; uncomfortably strange: Uncanny sounds filled the house.
- un·can·ni·ly, adverb
- un·can·ni·ness, noun
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How to use uncanny in a sentence
Meanwhile, AI showed uncanny command of language, joined Reddit threads, and made inroads into some of science’s grandest challenges.These Were Our Favorite Tech Stories From Around the Web in 2020 | Singularity Hub Staff | January 2, 2021 | Singularity Hub
Miniatures get a bad rap, in part because of the uncanny valley, a term typically used to describe the hair-raising feeling we get when robots are just a little too lifelike.
Their interactions and advertising remain as uncanny as ever, even as we try to convince ourselves, as we always have, that this is real love.The McDonald’s Commercials That Live in Our Minds, Rent Free | MM Carrigan | December 18, 2020 | Eater
Han has a perfect ear for a child’s perception of the world, that uncanny mixture of confidence, innocence and mystification.Simon Han’s ‘Nights When Nothing Happened’ is a poignant study of the immigrant experience | Ron Charles | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
The postcolonial gothic allows us to treat the British empire as something uncanny.Gothic novels are obsessed with borders. Mexican Gothic takes full advantage. | Constance Grady | October 16, 2020 | Vox
She looks uncannily like Mark, with a crop of soft dark curls.
And he bore an uncannily resemblance to the spaghetti monster sketch.
He has been uncannily successful at making Mitt Romney, not himself, the main subject of the campaign.
The depiction of post-riot London uncannily anticipates Ground Zero.Book Bag: Actor Simon Callow’s Favorite Dickens Novels | Simon Callow | September 25, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Everything Clinton has, uncannily enough, is something Obama kinda lacks.
His eyes, his alien, star-gazing eyes, were blue and uncannily clear under their dark and delicate brows.The Creators | May Sinclair
But if the voice of Clodomiro was uncannily silent, his eyes spoke for him as they followed Doña Jocasta.The Treasure Trail | Marah Ellis Ryan
She was walking up and down the room, her cheeks blazing and her eyes as uncannily bright as two elfin lights on a dark night.Molly Brown's Sophomore Days | Nell Speed
His shifty eyes burned uncannily, his physical and mental fever were too much for him.In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim | Frances Hodgson Burnett
Her mouth became an almost straight line, the gleam in her eyes was almost uncannily shrewd.The Beauty | Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
British Dictionary definitions for uncanny
characterized by apparently supernatural wonder, horror, etc
beyond what is normal or expected: an uncanny accuracy
- uncannily, adverb
- uncanniness, noun
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