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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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  • In the direction of the cliffs a light was distinctly visible, now rising, now falling, observing an unevenly undulating motion.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • We were not unevenly matched considering the time and the circumstances.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • His breath came heavily, unevenly; he cleared his eyes with a work-stained hand, fashioned for pens and ledgers.

    Blue-Bird Weather Robert W. Chambers
  • He stood on an unevenly shaped wall that appeared to circle the building.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Of course the result was inevitable; the combatants were so unevenly matched.

  • Her breath came quickly and unevenly, her breasts heaved and fell.

    The Lonely Unicorn Alec Waugh
  • Her breath came quickly, unevenly; but in face of his mastery she made a great effort to control her agitation.

British Dictionary definitions for unevenly

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 unevenly

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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