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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 uneasy

impatient, suspicious, strained, restless, fearful, nervous, insecure, shaky, apprehensive, precarious, edgy, anxious, afraid, tense, agitated, unsettled, jittery, unstable, troubled, irritable

Examples from the Web for uneasy

Contemporary Examples of uneasy

Historical Examples of uneasy

  • I was, in a manner, forced to work, yet I was uneasy and troubled in my mind.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • But she was so uneasy, she simply bent down and looked at him.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • But when he left the old man at Mrs. North's door, he was uneasy again.

  • It might have comforted her a little, had she known what uneasy moments Martin was having.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • For some reason Mainwaring was possessed by a strange, uneasy feeling.

British Dictionary definitions for uneasy


  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 uneasy

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

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