eery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj eery inspiring a feeling of fear; strange and frightening "an uncomfortable and eerie stillness in the woods","an eerie midnight howl"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Eery Affected with fear; affrighted.
    • Eery Serving to inspire fear, esp. a dread of seeing ghosts; wild; weird; as, eerie stories. "She whose elfin prancer springs
      By night to eery warblings."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • eery Such as to inspire awe or fear; mysterious; strange; peculiar; weird.
    • eery Affected by superstitious fear, especially when lonely; nervously timorous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Eery exciting fear: weird: affected with fear: timorous
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Quotations

  • Christy Turlington
    Christy Turlington
    “I think most people are curious about what it would be like to be able to meet yourself -- it's eerie.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Scotch, fr. AS. earh, timid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. arh, eri—A.S. earg, timid.

Usage

In literature:

How weird and eerie it all is!
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil
Behind them, far away but too clear, sounded that eerie howling, topping the sigh of the night wind.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
We heard mouthing, mumbling words, and an eerie, cackling laugh as it came padding toward us.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
Is there a relationship here, or is it only a similarity of eeriness in temper?
"Adventures in the Arts" by Marsden Hartley
Presently an eery humming came from Split's lips.
"The Madigans" by Miriam Michelson
For a couple of hours very eerie and weird seemed everything to these excited boys.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
There is something very eerie and awe-inspiring in a solitary night-watch, especially if it be kept in a wild, lonesome place.
"The Gorilla Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
Then, from somewhere down the road, on the other side of the house, came the sound of a curious whistle, an eerie minor whistle.
"The Sins of Séverac Bablon" by Sax Rohmer
Using more force, it emitted a faint eerie tinkle.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
She sensed his eerie dread of the unseen.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
A melodious whistling note rose high somewhere in the depths of the forest and trailed off into eery silence.
"Creatures of Vibration" by Harl Vincent
There was something almost eerie in the youthfulness of the eyes, which shone in the midst of all her faded souvenirs of beauty.
"Aunt Rachel" by David Christie Murray
The moor was sounding loud and eerie with the call of large birds.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
In the glens and corries were heard the eerie sounds during the watches of the night.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
It was all very beautiful, but a little lonely and eerie.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Still it had been an eerie sound that gave me a foreboding, added to her warning words.
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell
The place did have rather an eerie look.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
The eerie response terrified the mares; it perplexed and alarmed their lord.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
How eerie it looks, such a tall black figure standing between the earth and sky!
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
For a man so badly deformed, his agility was eerie.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
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In poetry:

But at nicht, when the dark, dark hours set in,
Anither neebour an' me
Gaed doon to sit up through the eerie nicht—
The last that Simon wad see.
"The Weary Weird" by Alexander Anderson
An' thrice hae I heard, as I stood by the door,
A soun' like a funeral bell,
An' my bluid ran prinklin' frae heid to fit
As I heard its eerie knell.
"The Weary Weird" by Alexander Anderson
But alang wi' its sough comes an eerie soun'
They dinna like to hear—
The scrape o' the fiddle, that comes by fits,
Frae the brig sae auld an' drear.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
The win' fell doon, an' the eerie soun'
Creepit up to the hills ootbye,
An' there they sat wi' the deid at their side
Till the licht cam' into the sky.
"The Piper's Tree" by Alexander Anderson
I’ the how-dumb-deid o’ the cauld hairst nicht
The warl’ like an eemis stane
Wags i’ the lift;
An’ my eerie memories fa’
Like a yowdendrift.
"The Eemis-Stane" by Hugh MacDiarmid
"An' I saw the glint o' an eerie licht,
That seemed like a ghaist to rise
Frae the breckaned heicht o' the steep Knowe Hill,
Where gude Saint Connel lies.
"The Piper's Tree" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

The fire that raced through a garment factory on Saturday in Bangladesh and killed 112 workers bore eerie echo.
College sports is steeped in tradition, from Notre Dame football players singing their alma mater with fans at the end of home games to the eerie 'Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk.
The fire that raced through a garment factory in Bangladesh last week and killed 112 workers bore eerie echoes of another blaze more than a century ago: the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York City.
Macy's employee returns to eerie scene.
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Eerie & Beautiful: How Natural Science Works.
Sandy brought New York an eerie silence.
Eerie Nights Ghost Tour not for faint of heart.
Just in time for Halloween, Little Big Town has released their eerie 'Tornado' video.
A former KBTX producer living in New York City says it's " eerie and quiet" in the city after Hurricane Sandy made landfall.
Eerie calm settles on Wall Street as Hurricane Sandy sweeps in.
As Halloween revelers get ready to don their masks and celebrate all things eerie , Nintendo is introducing a spellbinding new tale that delivers mind-bending tricks and entertaining treats for fans of portable gaming.
Eerie cemetery, 'haunted' houses on Hayward, San Lorenzo tour.
For all the love story and splendor of the Titanic re-creation, Cameron's film reaches some of its most glorious moments when Lovett presents an eerie underwater tour of the Titanic 's remains.
There's trouble ahead in the artist's eerie yet riveting paintings, now the subject of a major exhibition.
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In science:

In fact, we find the similarity eerie and needing of explanation.
Cycle structure of the interchange process and representation theory
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