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uneven

[uhn-ee-vuh n] /ʌnˈi vən/
adjective
1.
not level or flat; rough; rugged:
The wheels bumped and jolted over the uneven surface.
2.
irregular; varying; not uniform:
The book is uneven in quality.
3.
not equitable or fair; one-sided:
an uneven contest.
4.
not equally balanced; not symmetrical or parallel.
5.
(of a number) odd; not divisible into two equal integers:
The numerals 3, 5, and 7 are uneven.
Origin of uneven
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English unefen; cognate with German uneben. See un-1, even1
Related forms
unevenly, adverb
unevenness, noun
Synonyms
3. unfair, unequal, lopsided.
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  • The little fruit-top will not spin on a carpet or any rough, uneven surface.

  • He could not charge at any great speed, for the ground was steep and uneven.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • Her thoughts trooped up like living things as she stumbled forward along the uneven track.

    The Gambler Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • This clipping is what causes the uneven quality of fur which appears in his picture.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • The Hochstetter Fall is a curtain of broken, uneven, fantastic ice coming down 4,000 feet on to the Tasman glacier.

    The Long White Cloud William Pember Reeves
British Dictionary definitions for uneven

uneven

/ʌnˈiːvən/
adjective
1.
(of a surface, etc) not level or flat
2.
spasmodic or variable
3.
not parallel, straight, or horizontal
4.
not fairly matched: an uneven race
5.
(archaic) not equal
6.
(obsolete) unjust
Derived Forms
unevenly, adverb
unevenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uneven
adj.

Old English unefen "unequal," from un- (1) "not" + even (adj.). Cf. Old Frisian oniovn, Middle Dutch oneven, Old High German uneban, German uneben, Old Norse ujafn. Meaning "irregular, broken, rugged" (in reference to terrain, etc.) is recorded from late 13c.

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