Definition of uneasy in English:



  • 1Causing or feeling anxiety; troubled or uncomfortable.

    ‘she felt guilty now and a little uneasy’
    ‘an uneasy silence’
    • ‘I feel uneasy, a bit nervous, and very eager to get the move done now and all these boxes unpacked.’
    • ‘I mean we don't have to talk all the time, and there's never any uneasy silences.’
    • ‘When it works, it gives the film an appropriately edgy and uneasy feel.’
    • ‘These families have not returned to Juda as yet and an uneasy silence pervades the huts left behind by them.’
    • ‘In the past six months have you ever had a spell or an attack when you suddenly felt frightened, anxious, or very uneasy?’
    • ‘An uneasy silence descends in the hire car, and something tells me we need to confer.’
    • ‘The Spaniards grew fearful, uneasy and their discontent soon turned to open mutiny.’
    • ‘PC Dunn suggested that the appellant's demeanour was jittery and very uneasy.’
    • ‘Now that the conversation had ended an uneasy silence had descended upon the building.’
    • ‘The occasional acknowledgement of the audience jolts you into an uneasy self-consciousness.’
    • ‘This is an area where I've often noticed politicians getting a bit fidgety, uneasy even.’
    • ‘An uneasy silence and a certain amount of shifting in seats pervades the group.’
    • ‘After years of keeping quiet it is time to find his voice, time to send out echoes into the uneasy silence.’
    • ‘There was nowhere else in the world she wanted to be yet she felt trapped, uneasy, restless.’
    • ‘Diego grew uneasy with the silence and stood up, she walked to the door and knocked on it.’
    • ‘Cal turned off the music, causing the car to fill with an uneasy silence.’
    • ‘The air in the infirmary seemed to thicken with an anxious, uneasy feeling.’
    • ‘These figures unsettle the whole society, and make us feel uneasy and worried.’
    • ‘If you have ever walked into a room that made you feel edgy or uneasy, it probably is out of balance.’
    • ‘A silence came over them as neither knew what to say next to break the uneasy silence.’
    worried, anxious, ill at ease, troubled, disturbed, agitated, nervous, tense, overwrought, keyed up, on edge, edgy, apprehensive, restive, restless, fidgety, discomposed, discomfited, perturbed, alarmed, fearful, fraught, upset
    worrying, disturbing, troubling, agitating, alarming, dismaying, perturbing, disquieting, concerning, unsettling, disconcerting, upsetting
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  • 2(of a situation or relationship) not settled; liable to change.

    ‘she lived in a state of uneasy truce with her strict father’
    • ‘An uneasy truce occurred during the war when hostilities seemed to cease.’
    • ‘Oskar has an uneasy relationship with his mother, who has started seeing another man.’
    • ‘With time running out, Hardy and Osborne call a temporary, if uneasy, truce.’
    • ‘Well, more accurately, people have had an uneasy relationship with fur on the catwalk.’
    • ‘An uneasy truce has broken out in the coffee shop cybersquatting war.’
    • ‘Because of his concerns to get a job done right, Peter Saville and business have long had an uneasy relationship.’
    • ‘They have always had an uneasy relationship with a young man they have viewed as too brash.’
    • ‘Ultimately, In Your Hands is about the unusual and uneasy relationship between the pair.’
    • ‘After the war, she settled down to an uneasy domesticity with Penrose and their son.’
    • ‘Dolev says this uneasy truce is the most positive vision he can offer.’
    • ‘Shoes have an uneasy relationship with feminism, because of their role as sexual signifiers.’
    • ‘Most of the time, it's an uneasy truce, but they've struck a good balance this year.’
    • ‘For many years, the small community has shared an uneasy truce with the creatures.’
    • ‘Today's poem explores further that uneasy relationship between savage cat and gentle poet.’
    • ‘In my office, there are two warring factions maintaining an uneasy truce.’
    • ‘It was an uneasy situation when a close friend pulls a gun on the most dangerous man in the world.’
    • ‘The incident comes at an uneasy time in relations between Washington and Beijing.’
    • ‘I swear I have no idea how she does it, I mean putting me in strange and uneasy situations.’
    • ‘Modern Britain has certainly had an uneasy relationship with modern sexualities.’
    • ‘The outcome has been an uneasy truce - but one which can only help Zimbabwe cricket as it tries to rebuild.’
    tense, awkward, strained, constrained, forced, fraught, precarious, unstable, insecure
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