- not level, smooth, or flat; rough; irregular
- not straight or parallel
- unequal, as in length or thickness
- not uniform; varying; fluctuating
- not equally balanced or matched
- not equitable; unfair
- Math. odd; not evenly divisible by two
Origin of unevenMiddle English from Old English unefen
- a. Not equal, as in size, length, or quality.b. Having ill-matched opponents: an uneven contest.
- Not consistent or uniform: an uneven color.
- Not smooth or level: the uneven surface of a cobblestone road.
- Not straight or parallel: uneven margins.
- Of, relating to, or being an odd number.
- Obsolete Not fair or equitable.
(comparative more uneven, superlative most uneven)
From Middle English uneven, from Old English unefen (“unequal, unlike, dissimilar, diverse, irregular"), equivalent to un- +"Ž even. Cognate with Dutch oneven (“unequal, uneven, odd"), German uneben (“uneven, rough, irregular, bumpy").