uneasy

[uhn-ee-zee]

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.

Nearby words

  1. unearned increment,
  2. unearned run,
  3. unearth,
  4. unearthly,
  5. unease,
  6. uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,
  7. uneatable,
  8. uneaten,
  9. uneconomic,
  10. uneconomical

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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British Dictionary definitions for unease

uneasy

adjective

(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

uneasy

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

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