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[uhn-ee-zee] /ʌnˈi zi/
adjective, uneasier, uneasiest.
not easy in body or mind; uncomfortable; restless; disturbed; perturbed.
not easy in manner; constrained; awkward.
not conducive to ease; causing bodily discomfort.
Origin of uneasy
1250-1300; Middle English unesy. See un-1, easy
Related forms
unease, noun
uneasily, adverb
uneasiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Anyway, insisted Dan uneasily, I think wed ought to go back.

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "I think I ate something that disagreed with my digestion," he said uneasily.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • He half expected to hear the crisp little tacking of machine guns from its shelter, and he uneasily scanned the wood at his left.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • Gefty watched him uneasily, knowing now that he was looking at insanity.

    The Winds of Time James H. Schmitz
  • "You won't hurt her," said Enistor uneasily, and silently astonished with himself for giving way to such a kindly human feeling.

    A Son of Perdition Fergus Hume
  • "I wish we could find employment for him in town," said Mrs. Nelson uneasily.

    The Young Adventurer Horatio Alger
  • He could hardly see anything but hats and shoulders, uneasily moving like boiling pitch away beneath him.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • "I believe that there was some misunderstanding," said Mrs. Honeychurch uneasily.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • But, strange to say, in spite of his being so abusive, his eyes wandered about uneasily.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
British Dictionary definitions for uneasily


(of a person) anxious; apprehensive
(of a condition) precarious; uncomfortable: an uneasy truce
(of a thought, etc) disturbing; disquieting
Derived Forms
unease, noun
uneasily, adverb
uneasiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uneasily


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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