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adjective, un·eas·i·er, un·eas·i·est.
  1. not easy in body or mind; uncomfortable; restless; disturbed; perturbed.
  2. not easy in manner; constrained; awkward.
  3. not conducive to ease; causing bodily discomfort.
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Origin of uneasy

First recorded in 1250–1300, uneasy is from the Middle English word unesy. See un-1, easy
Related formsun·ease, nounun·eas·i·ly, adverbun·eas·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for unease

nervousness, turmoil, anxiety, agitation, disquiet, unrest, jitters, uneasiness, turbulence, ferment, instability, edginess, restlessness, apprehension, foreboding, uncertainty, mistrust, misgiving, angst, doubt

Examples from the Web for unease

Contemporary Examples of unease

Historical Examples of unease

  • But even in the refuge of her own rooms the ring encircled Flora with unease.

    The Coast of Chance

    Esther Chamberlain

  • Julyman was troubled at the unease he observed in the white man's eyes.

    The Heart of Unaga

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • But only his body betrayed his unease; his face was impassive and calm.


    Randall Garrett

  • Brion followed him, trying to ignore the growing tension and unease he felt.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • He got up and paced, stunned, just conscious of a feeling of unease.

British Dictionary definitions for unease


  1. (of a person) anxious; apprehensive
  2. (of a condition) precarious; uncomfortablean uneasy truce
  3. (of a thought, etc) disturbing; disquieting
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Derived Formsunease, noununeasily, adverbuneasiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unease


late 13c., "not comforting," from un- (1) "not" + easy. Meaning "disturbed in mind" is attested from 1670s.

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