Definition of unearthly in English:



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

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

    ‘a job that involves getting up at an unearthly hour’
    • ‘Now how many healthy heads will be there at that 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A software engineer's wife was made to take a bath at the unearthly hour of 2 a.m. with ice cold water.’
    • ‘A seething hangover that needed walking off sent me there at such an unearthly hour, but the pain is optional.’
    • ‘If it's not interrupting teatime viewing of The Simpsons then it's popping up at the most unearthly of hours.’
    • ‘Then the alarm will be set for some unearthly hour to sort things out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But constantly barking dogs at an unearthly hour is a part of life which can be avoided.’
    • ‘And when we finally learn what is lurking in the corridor, making all that unearthly din, the reveal is ridiculously rich.’
    • ‘I was up at the unearthly hour of 4.30 a.m. to catch an early flight to Paris.’
    • ‘Send important e-mails at unearthly hours like 9.35 p.m. or 7.05 a.m. and during public holidays.’
    • ‘From there on you're woken up at unearthly hours to be continuously tested and prodded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He set the alarm for 5 a.m. the next day and woke up at what for his household was an unearthly hour.’
    unreasonable, preposterous, abnormal, extraordinary, absurd, ridiculous, horrendous, outrageous, unheard of, out of the ordinary
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