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.
Origin of uncanny
Related formsun·can·ni·ly, adverbun·can·ni·ness, noun
First recorded in 1590–1600; un-1
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Examples from the Web for uncanniness
Historical Examples of uncanniness
But in spite of this, and the uncanniness of his appearance, there was something about Outa Karel that drew one to him.
He laid it down and followed cautiously, ready to launch the boot at the first sign of uncanniness.
This, besides giving a fine idea of uncanniness, made one member of the audience sea-sick.
As his eyes peered into the flames, they seemed intoxicated, obsessed, seized with uncanniness.
Presently the sense of uncanniness abated somewhat; the elfin in her went out to meet the weirdness of the wood.
British Dictionary definitions for uncanniness
Derived Formsuncannily, adverbuncanniness, noun
characterized by apparently supernatural wonder, horror, etc
beyond what is normal or expectedan uncanny accuracy
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Word Origin and History for uncanniness
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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