Definition of unearthly in English:



  • 1Unnatural or mysterious, especially in a disturbing way.

    ‘unearthly quiet’
    • ‘They were terrifying and unearthly, eerily bloodchilling as they invoked all evil spirits to possess them.’
    • ‘The ball shone with an unearthly light, further distressing the fish that had not yet discovered a way out.’
    • ‘Though as I got to the front window I almost wished that the men had got there first as there was something a bit weird and unearthly about the driver.’
    • ‘It was - there is no other word for it - unearthly.’
    • ‘And once they got by that, the stranger was greeted by an unearthly surprise.’
    • ‘She smiled at him, the glowing buttons casting an unearthly light on her face.’
    • ‘The moonbeams caused the gems of elaborate jewelry to glow with an unearthly light, as if they possessed a heart pulse of their own.’
    • ‘The wind unleashed another unearthly wail that sent a chill rushing through his entire body.’
    • ‘There was no other word to describe it but unearthly, and foreign.’
    • ‘His dark eyes seemed to be contemplating unearthly mysteries, which is an unusual sight in one so young.’
    • ‘Whit turned to look at Solace, who was glowing with an unearthly light.’
    • ‘Jake heard an odd, unearthly, high-pitched noise, and then the lights went back on.’
    • ‘Then an unearthly, spooky, almost howling sound joined it.’
    • ‘There was something strange in that moment when she looked at him, something unearthly and mysterious.’
    • ‘She turned back to the television screen, its unearthly blue light washing out her face.’
    • ‘I put up my collages and paintings and calendars and messages, and then got some blue lights to give the room an unearthly look.’
    • ‘It was human-shaped, tall and muscular, but it glowed with an unearthly blue light.’
    • ‘They attempt to explore every avenue, but don't have any problems accepting that this mystery might have a unearthly solution.’
    • ‘The storm had passed by sunset, and then the world shone with an unearthly light out of a Turner painting.’
    • ‘There was an unearthly howl in the distance that chilled Zeya to the bone.’
    other-worldly, not of this world, supernatural, preternatural, extraterrestrial, alien
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  • 2informal Unreasonably early or inconvenient.

    ‘a job which involves getting up at an unearthly hour’
    • ‘They may as well have gone to the zoo - it would have been much cheaper and they wouldn't have had to rise at some unearthly hour.’
    • ‘I had to go to Oxenholme Station at some unearthly hour of the morning to collect from the security men a press pass which would let me follow the Queen around when she toured Westmorland later that day.’
    • ‘Now how many healthy heads will be there at that unearthly hour?’
    • ‘A seething hangover that needed walking off sent me there at such an unearthly hour, but the pain is optional.’
    • ‘Woken as I was this morning at some unearthly hour by the sound of rain falling against the window I scrambled bleary eyed out of bed to this sight.’
    • ‘I was up at the unearthly hour of 4.30 a.m. to catch an early flight to Paris.’
    • ‘From there on you're woken up at unearthly hours to be continuously tested and prodded.’
    • ‘It was a rainy old day from the very start, waking me at some unearthly hour with the unfamiliar noise of water running in the gutters and down-pipes.’
    • ‘If it's not interrupting teatime viewing of The Simpsons then it's popping up at the most unearthly of hours.’
    • ‘A software engineer's wife was made to take a bath at the unearthly hour of 2 a.m. with ice cold water.’
    • ‘He set the alarm for 5 a.m. the next day and woke up at what for his household was an unearthly hour.’
    • ‘His mates cheered him off at the unearthly hour of 4 a.m. in the pouring rain from a bar that has asked to remain anonymous in the interests of good taste.’
    • ‘And when we finally learn what is lurking in the corridor, making all that unearthly din, the reveal is ridiculously rich.’
    • ‘But constantly barking dogs at an unearthly hour is a part of life which can be avoided.’
    • ‘Then the alarm will be set for some unearthly hour to sort things out.’
    • ‘Send important e-mails at unearthly hours like 9.35 p.m. or 7.05 a.m. and during public holidays.’
    • ‘They carried us in their wombs for nine months, woke at unearthly hours to tend to our screams.’
    • ‘Our destination at that unearthly hour was the 4,850 m Sol de Mañana geyser basin, unfortunately best seen before sunrise.’
    • ‘This morning the alarm went off at the unearthly hour of 6 am which we've not seen for over a week and were surprised to see it was now dark at this time in the morning.’
    • ‘The other forms relate to threats following a feud between two families, abuses or dialing at unearthly hours and disconnecting before the call is through.’
    unreasonable, preposterous, abnormal, extraordinary, absurd, ridiculous, horrendous, outrageous, unheard of, out of the ordinary
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