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[ uhn-kan-ee ]


  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.

    Synonyms: odd, preternatural

    Antonyms: natural, ordinary


/ ʌnˈkænɪ /


  1. characterized by apparently supernatural wonder, horror, etc
  2. beyond what is normal or expected

    an uncanny accuracy

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Derived Forms

  • unˈcanniness, noun
  • unˈcannily, adverb

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Other Words From

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of uncanny1

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

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Synonym Study

See weird.

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Example Sentences

Roger Federer is such a master of timing, it’s only apt that an expansive new biography about him arrives at an uncanny moment.

In recent years, neural networks have been able to recognize faces, translate languages, and even mimic human-written text in an uncanny way.

OpenAI’s GPT-3 can generate uncanny written passages—its primary purpose—but it can do other things too, like simple arithmetic and programming.

He has an uncanny ability to communicate complex concepts and make them accessible for all audiences, and he’s been a foundational game changer for our business and many others.

It correctly called an uncanny 19 of 23 races that it deemed to be toss-ups, while Classic got 10 of 19 of its toss-ups right27 and Deluxe got seven of its 19 toss-ups right.

Archaeologists have an uncanny ability to ignore the discomforts and channel the time period and the people they're studying.

In an uncanny way, that describes the precise definition of the hipster, when the term first appeared in the American vocabulary.

Another had an uncanny ability to land paving jobs in Southern Nevada.

Almost nothing has been touched since the fall of the USSR in 1991, providing an uncanny glimpse behind the Iron Curtain.

And from the side, with the lips and ears elongated, the resemblance is uncanny.

When the ship tossed in an unusually rough crossing he was prepared to admit to himself that it was an uncanny coincidence.

There was a silence after this somewhat lengthy speech, and something like an uncanny feeling possessed the listeners.

For, singular, uncanny circumstance, this was a one-eyed raven which sat upon the shoulder of his one-eyed master!

All round them was familiar ground, but the things they knew the best looked strange and uncanny.

Maybe I spoke more boldly than I felt, for indeed the whole business and the place made all seem uncanny.





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