Definition of uncanny in English:

uncanny

Syllabification: un·can·ny
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈkanē
 
/

adjective (uncannier, uncanniest)

Derivatives

uncannily

Pronunciation: /-ˈkanəl-ē/
adverb
More example sentences
  • It looks uncannily like a black divers' wristwatch.
  • It's just that the live Friday programmes so far have uncannily coincided with a period of having a ‘quiet night in’ at the end of the week.
  • From Montreal, it is a production of an uncannily Beckettian 1890 play by the Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck.

uncanniness

noun
More example sentences
  • Making Christ into ‘our contemporary’ in this way literally spirits away all of Christ's uncanniness, his queerness.
  • But sepia-toned photos loomed out of the dark: gothic, gallows humor, uncanniness, and the cruelty of the unconscious and of history.
  • The article concludes with a discussion of the uncanniness of this re-emergent form of commodity fetishism.

Origin

late 16th century (originally Scots in the sense 'relating to the occult, malicious'): from un-1 'not' + canny.

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