Uncanny meaning

ŭn-kănē
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Mysterious or impossible to explain, especially when causing uneasiness or astonishment.
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The definition of uncanny refers to something odd, mysterious or unexpected that makes you feel uneasy.

An example of uncanny is when someone looks almost exactly like your spouse.

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So remarkable, acute, etc. as to seem preternatural.

Uncanny shrewdness.

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Strange, and mysteriously unsettling (as if supernatural); weird.

He bore an uncanny resemblance to the dead sailor.

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Mysterious or unfamiliar, esp. in such a way as to frighten or make uneasy; preternaturally strange; eerie; weird.
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(psychology, psychoanalysis, Freud) Simultaneously familiar and foreign, often uncomfortably so; translation of Freud's German unheimlich ("no longer secret").
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(UK dialectal) Careless.
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Origin of uncanny

  • un– canny fortunate, safe (obsolete)

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

  • From un- +"Ž canny; thus “beyond one's ken," or outside one's familiar knowledge or perceptions.

    From Wiktionary