Eerie meaning

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Inspiring inexplicable fear, dread, or uneasiness; strange and frightening.
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Mysterious, uncanny, or weird, esp. in such a way as to frighten or disturb.
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(scots) Frightened or intimidated by superstition.
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(now rare) Timid or frightened; uneasy because of superstitious fear.
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The definition of eerie is someone or something that is mysterious, frightening, spooky and creepy.

An example of eerie is a dark and deserted house.

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Strange, weird, fear-inspiring.

The eerie sounds seemed to come from the graveyard after midnight.

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(Scotland) Fearful, timid.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
eerie
Comparative
eeriest
Superlative
eeriest

Origin of eerie

  • Middle English eri fearful from Old English earg cowardly

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English eri (“fearful”), from Old English earg (“cowardly, fearful”). Akin to Scots ergh, argh from the same Old English source.

    From Wiktionary