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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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  • He is so uneasy about his mother, I see, that he will not leave her yet awhile.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • But when he left the old man at Mrs. North's door, he was uneasy again.

  • I am not exactly unhappy, neither am I sad in the true meaning of the word—but I am uneasy and depressed.

  • It might have comforted her a little, had she known what uneasy moments Martin was having.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • My mind kept on making all sorts of uneasy suggestions to me as I sat in my armchair.

    The Lowest Rung Mary Cholmondeley
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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