Definition of eerie in English:


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adjectiveadjective eerier, adjective eeriest

  • Strange and frightening.

    ‘an eerie green glow in the sky’
    • ‘Backstage is strangely eerie, so I go to my dressing-room for some quiet time.’
    • ‘The room was dark, except for an eerie glow of green from a weak neon lamp on the ceiling.’
    • ‘They are concerned for elderly neighbours who can be left terrified by the eerie silences on the end of the phone.’
    • ‘It's the later war scenes, in which there are no scenes of war, that are weird and eerie.’
    • ‘Dark grayish smoke smothered the scene and the eerie green fire ate away at the hole in front of him.’
    • ‘We move swiftly past riotously colonised rock faces of the cliffs into the eerie green water below the arch.’
    • ‘It's dark and eerie - a bizarre experience enhanced by the narcosis that is slowly creeping up on me.’
    • ‘The echoes of the last gunshot had died long ago, replaced by an unnatural and eerie silence.’
    • ‘The sun was setting and it cast an eerie red glow upon the tan walls of my small room.’
    • ‘The sound was particularly successful in adding an eerie feel to the mysterious and compelling plot.’
    • ‘He hated how his uncle crept up silently on him; it was both eerie and uncanny.’
    • ‘The eerie yellowish glow on the horizon turned out to be vapor lights from a large greenhouse.’
    • ‘Over the next few days we cut holes in the sea ice and dived beneath it, which was strange but beautiful in an eerie sort of way.’
    • ‘There was something rather eerie about people turning up unexpectedly around the door and starting to sing.’
    • ‘This chapter has an eerie, sombre feeling which draws their investigation to a close.’
    • ‘The plot begins with a woman who witnesses a murder on a dark and eerie night.’
    • ‘An eerie young boy keeps hanging about outside her Central Park apartment.’
    • ‘Some show York street scenes so deserted that they have an eerie quality.’
    • ‘From somewhere in the emptiness behind us there comes a faint, eerie howl.’
    uncanny, sinister, ghostly, spectral, unnatural, unearthly, preternatural, supernatural, other-worldly, unreal, mysterious, strange, abnormal, odd, curious, queer, weird, bizarre, freakish
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/ˈirē/ /ˈɪri/ /ˈērē/ /ˈiri/


Middle English (originally northern English and Scots in the sense ‘fearful’): probably from Old English earg ‘cowardly’, of Germanic origin; related to German arg.