Definition of eerie in English:

eerie

Syllabification: ee·rie
Pronunciation: /ˈirē
 
/

adjective (eerier, eeriest)

Strange and frightening: an eerie green glow in the sky
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
uncanny, sinister, ghostly, unnatural, unearthly, supernatural, otherworldly; strange, abnormal, odd, weird, freakish; creepy, scary, spooky, freaky, frightening; bone-chilling, spine-chilling, hair-raising, blood-curdling, terrifying

Origin

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

Derivatives

eerily

adverb
[as submodifier]: it was eerily quiet
More example sentences
  • The streets were eerily quiet, but other than that and the constant wail of sirens, nothing much looked out of the ordinary.
  • London's foreign exchange markets, normally the scene of frenetic activity, were eerily quiet.
  • The first night we crossed a boiling river, its steam eerily brilliant in our headlights.

eeriness

noun
More example sentences
  • There was an aura of strangeness around the set, a sort of quiet eeriness to it all.
  • I'm thinking of the score Philip Glass did for Dracula and how it brought the film to a whole new level of eeriness, an emotional impact that I don't think it ever achieved before that.
  • But, today there was just this eeriness about the place that I could not explain and office space was being given away for $0.50 per square foot.

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