Definition of eerie in English:
adjective (eerier, eeriest)
- 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.
The word eerie ‘strange and frightening’ was originally northern English and Scots in the sense ‘fearful’. The focus then moved from feelings of fear to the cause of the fear. It probably comes from Old English earg ‘cowardly’.
- 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.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.