[ uhn-ee-vuhn ]
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  1. not level or flat; rough; rugged: The wheels bumped and jolted over the uneven surface.

  2. irregular; varying; not uniform: The book is uneven in quality.

  1. not equitable or fair; one-sided: an uneven contest.

  2. not equally balanced; not symmetrical or parallel.

  3. (of a number) odd; not divisible into two equal integers: The numerals 3, 5, and 7 are uneven.

Origin of uneven

before 900; Middle English; Old English unefen; cognate with German uneben.See un-1, even1

Other words for uneven

Other words from uneven

  • un·e·ven·ly, adverb
  • un·e·ven·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for uneven


/ (ʌnˈiːvən) /

  1. (of a surface, etc) not level or flat

  2. spasmodic or variable

  1. not parallel, straight, or horizontal

  2. not fairly matched: an uneven race

  3. archaic not equal

  4. obsolete unjust

Derived forms of uneven

  • unevenly, adverb
  • unevenness, noun

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