adjective, un·eas·i·er, un·eas·i·est.

not easy in body or mind; uncomfortable; restless; disturbed; perturbed.
not easy in manner; constrained; awkward.
not conducive to ease; causing bodily discomfort.

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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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



(of a person) anxious; apprehensive
(of a condition) precarious; uncomfortablean uneasy truce
(of a thought, etc) disturbing; disquieting
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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