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 uneasily

Contemporary Examples of uneasily

Historical Examples of uneasily

  • Uneasily, he had remained in the library until the allotted time was elapsed.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Uneasily, and troubled with its dream of guilt, the nation sleeps on.

  • The men stood very still, looking from one to the other uneasily.

  • I uneasily recalled now that he had once been a bit of a dog himself.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Yet Wrayson was uneasily conscious of something underneath it all which he could not fathom.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

British Dictionary definitions for uneasily



(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 uneasily


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

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