Definition of eerie in US English:


adjectiveeerier, eeriest

  • Strange and frightening.

    ‘an eerie green glow in the sky’
    • ‘This chapter has an eerie, sombre feeling which draws their investigation to a close.’
    • ‘It's dark and eerie - a bizarre experience enhanced by the narcosis that is slowly creeping up on me.’
    • ‘The echoes of the last gunshot had died long ago, replaced by an unnatural and eerie silence.’
    • ‘From somewhere in the emptiness behind us there comes a faint, eerie howl.’
    • ‘We move swiftly past riotously colonised rock faces of the cliffs into the eerie green water below the arch.’
    • ‘Some show York street scenes so deserted that they have an eerie quality.’
    • ‘They are concerned for elderly neighbours who can be left terrified by the eerie silences on the end of the phone.’
    • ‘The sound was particularly successful in adding an eerie feel to the mysterious and compelling plot.’
    • ‘Backstage is strangely eerie, so I go to my dressing-room for some quiet time.’
    • ‘The eerie yellowish glow on the horizon turned out to be vapor lights from a large greenhouse.’
    • ‘Amidst floating human and animals corpses, only the sea waves break the eerie silence.’
    • ‘It's the later war scenes, in which there are no scenes of war, that are weird and eerie.’
    • ‘There was something rather eerie about people turning up unexpectedly around the door and starting to sing.’
    • ‘He hated how his uncle crept up silently on him; it was both eerie and uncanny.’
    • ‘The room was dark, except for an eerie glow of green from a weak neon lamp on the ceiling.’
    • ‘Dark grayish smoke smothered the scene and the eerie green fire ate away at the hole in front of him.’
    • ‘The plot begins with a woman who witnesses a murder on a dark and eerie night.’
    • ‘An eerie young boy keeps hanging about outside her Central Park apartment.’
    • ‘The sun was setting and it cast an eerie red glow upon the tan walls of my small room.’
    • ‘Over the next few days we cut holes in the sea ice and dived beneath it, which was strange but beautiful in an eerie sort of way.’
    uncanny, sinister, ghostly, spectral, unnatural, unearthly, preternatural, supernatural, other-worldly, unreal, mysterious, strange, abnormal, odd, curious, queer, weird, bizarre, freakish
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Middle English (originally northern English and Scots in the sense ‘fearful’): probably from Old English earg ‘cowardly’, of Germanic origin; related to German arg.