eerie

[eer-ee]
adjective, eerier, eeriest.
1.
uncanny, so as to inspire superstitious fear; weird: an eerie midnight howl.
2.
Chiefly Scot. affected with superstitious fear.
Also, eery.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English eri, dialectal variant of argh, Old English earg cowardly; cognate with Old Frisian erg, Old Norse argr evil, German arg cowardly

eerily, adverb
eeriness, noun

aerie, eerie, Erie.


1. See weird.
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eerie (ˈɪərɪ)
 
adj , eerier, eeriest
(esp of places, an atmosphere, etc) mysteriously or uncannily frightening or disturbing; weird; ghostly
 
[C13: originally Scottish and Northern English, probably from Old English earg cowardly, miserable]
 
'eerily
 
adv
 
'eeriness
 
n

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eerie
c.1300, north England and Scottish variant of O.E. earg "cowardly, fearful," from P.Gmc. *argaz (cf. O.N. argr "unmanly, voluptuous," Swed. arg "malicious," Ger. arg "bad, wicked"). Sense of "causing fear because of strangeness" is first attested 1792. Related: Eerily.
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Example sentences
Its eerie accuracy remains one of history's greatest mysteries.
The music on the soundtrack exaggerated the eerie atmosphere and kept me wary.
So passionate, so full of pain, it sounded strange and eerie.
The eerie canoe trail slips through sunless channels of brown water.
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