Dictionary.com

uncanny

[ uhn-kan-ee ]
/ ʌnˈkæn i /
Save This Word!

adjective
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.
QUIZ
TEST YOUR MERIT ON THESE NEW WORDS IN 2021
The Dictionary added new words and definition to our vast collection, and we want to see how well-versed you are in the formally recognized new lingo. Take the quiz!
Question 1 of 8
What does JEDI stand for?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of uncanny

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

synonym study for uncanny

2. See weird.

OTHER WORDS FROM uncanny

un·can·ni·ly, adverbun·can·ni·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use uncanny in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for uncanny

uncanny
/ (ʌnˈkænɪ) /

adjective
characterized by apparently supernatural wonder, horror, etc
beyond what is normal or expectedan uncanny accuracy

Derived forms of uncanny

uncannily, adverbuncanniness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK