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uncanny

[uhn-kan-ee] /ʌnˈkæn i/
adjective
1.
having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; beyond the ordinary or normal; extraordinary:
uncanny accuracy; an uncanny knack of foreseeing trouble.
2.
mysterious; arousing superstitious fear or dread; uncomfortably strange:
Uncanny sounds filled the house.
Origin of uncanny
1590-1600
1590-1600; un-1 + canny
Related forms
uncannily, adverb
uncanniness, noun
Synonyms
2. preternatural, odd. See weird.
Antonyms
2. ordinary, natural.
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  • I feel that this ranch is uncanny, and things are not as they should be.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • The silence of it discomfited him beyond measure; it was, in a word, uncanny.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • She did not sleep well and had uncanny dreams, but she came down to breakfast with an expression of triumph.

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • For my part, grim and uncanny as he looked, I was glad to see him.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • Robert was restive under her uncanny questionings, but answered that he wasn't quite sure about the future.

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for uncanny

uncanny

/ʌnˈkænɪ/
adjective
1.
characterized by apparently supernatural wonder, horror, etc
2.
beyond what is normal or expected: an uncanny accuracy
Derived Forms
uncannily, adverb
uncanniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncanny
adj.

1590s, "mischievous;" 1773 in the sense of "associated with the supernatural," originally Scottish and northern English, from un- (1) "not" + canny.

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