[ uhn-ee-vuhn ]
/ ʌnˈi vən /


not level or flat; rough; rugged: The wheels bumped and jolted over the uneven surface.
irregular; varying; not uniform: The book is uneven in quality.
not equitable or fair; one-sided: an uneven contest.
not equally balanced; not symmetrical or parallel.
(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

Related forms

un·e·ven·ly, adverbun·e·ven·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unevenly


/ (ʌnˈiːvən) /


(of a surface, etc) not level or flat
spasmodic or variable
not parallel, straight, or horizontal
not fairly matchedan uneven race
archaic not equal
obsolete unjust

Derived Forms

unevenly, adverbunevenness, noun
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