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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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Examples from the web for uneasy
  • Even as its executives celebrated, recalls one, they were uneasy.
  • The best kind of technocrat is uneasy about being in power at all.
  • The inflection told me the chimpanzees were surprised or uneasy.
  • Icelanders live in an uneasy peace with the geologic unrest beneath their feet.
  • But my feelings afterward were akin to the uneasy feelings that follow a burger and fries.
  • The arm was actually kept in an adjacent room, as its presence tended to make the monkeys uneasy.
  • So academe exists in an uneasy relation with the public and the idea of public service.
  • The regime that succeeded him was an uneasy tussle between idealists and a would-be military junta.
  • But the novelty of the request definitely makes me uneasy.
  • When they first come upon one another, they are uneasy.
British Dictionary definitions for uneasy


(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 uneasy

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

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