uncanny

[ uhn-kan-ee ]
/ ʌnˈkæn i /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. uncaged,
  2. uncal,
  3. uncalled,
  4. uncalled for,
  5. uncalled-for,
  6. uncanny valley,
  7. uncanonical,
  8. uncap,
  9. uncapable,
  10. uncared for

Origin of uncanny

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

SYNONYMS FOR uncanny
ANTONYMS FOR uncanny

Related formsun·can·ni·ly, adverbun·can·ni·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for uncannily

uncanny

/ (ʌnˈkænɪ) /

adjective

characterized by apparently supernatural wonder, horror, etc
beyond what is normal or expectedan uncanny accuracy
Derived Formsuncannily, adverbuncanniness, noun

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Word Origin and History for uncannily

uncanny

adj.

1590s, "mischievous;" 1773 in the sense of "associated with the supernatural," originally Scottish and northern English, from un- (1) "not" + canny.

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