Definition of uneven in English:

uneven

adjective

  • 1Not level or smooth.

    ‘the floors are cracked and uneven’
    • ‘If the surface seemed a bit bumpy or uneven, they used a small wet sponge to carefully smooth the clay's surface.’
    • ‘The road surface had become uneven with potholes and poor camber.’
    • ‘They are full of cracked or misaligned paving slabs or kerbstones, running fissures and uneven surfaces everywhere.’
    • ‘Rough or uneven surfaces have the effect of softening bright light.’
    • ‘Avoid walking on uneven terrain, which could compromise your balance.’
    • ‘However, those of us who walk on it every day have to be careful not to slip in the mud and twist our ankles on the uneven surfaces.’
    • ‘The teams were given just an hour-and-a-half to design and build a vehicle to carry astronauts and their equipment over the rough and uneven surface of the moon.’
    • ‘The report did say that uneven road surfaces and potholes were quite dangerous and showed an inconsistency with the town centre.’
    • ‘If a piece of the tooth has chipped off but the pulp is not damaged, the uneven edge may be smoothed and the corner replaced with a tooth-coloured filling.’
    • ‘Comfort levels are good and uneven roads were taken with aplomb.’
    • ‘This provides a smooth ride that absorbs a lot of the harshness of uneven road surfaces.’
    • ‘But huge traffic delays and heavy rain led to visitors complaining about muddy pathways and uneven road surfaces.’
    • ‘This blade can be used to level the machine in uneven terrain and to increase digging depth or dumping height.’
    • ‘The cobbles are very uneven and worn smooth by nine centuries of hooves and shoes, and as the mist becomes drizzle, they turn damp and slippery.’
    • ‘He also said the surface was very uneven and explained that this could damage his £800 racing bike.’
    • ‘She says she cannot even push Colin to the local shops because of all the potholes and the uneven surface.’
    • ‘He says many residents are fed up with the potholes and uneven surface.’
    • ‘I can confirm the road surface in Southborough Lane definitely needed resurfacing in this area as it had very large potholes and an uneven surface.’
    • ‘The blade currently does not perform well on uneven surfaces or in rocky areas.’
    • ‘The rough uneven surface of slate can seem quite riven, chipped and degraded.’
    bumpy, rough, lumpy, stony, rocky, potholed, holey, rutted, rutty, pitted, jagged, cragged, craggy, dented, indented, knobby
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    1. 1.1 Not regular, consistent, or equal.
      ‘the uneven distribution of resources’
      • ‘The writing style is wildly uneven and changes throughout the novel, sometimes intentionally, but not always.’
      • ‘Many soils have an uneven distribution of resources owing to fertilizer applications and the periodic saturation of topsoil with rainwater.’
      • ‘Poor posture causes uneven weight distribution and may strain your ligaments and muscles.’
      • ‘Some would say this does not address the very uneven distribution of resources.’
      • ‘The distribution of family duties between men and women is uneven.’
      • ‘Murphy's acting, however, was uneven and never maintained consistency.’
      • ‘The ethnic and religious strife is really a matter of an uneven distribution of economic resources and opportunities.’
      • ‘For cluster sampling, rarity is just a form of uneven distribution.’
      • ‘The world's distribution of animal and plant species is uneven.’
      • ‘The public are not worried about uneven distribution of wealth but unfair distribution of wealth.’
      • ‘The uneven pattern is not consistent with a simple haplotype block structure.’
      • ‘Probably the fairest thing to say about the show overall is that it was consistently uneven.’
      • ‘These statistics mask an uneven distribution of debt that mirrors the social divisions in society.’
      • ‘The present uneven distribution of working hours is seriously affecting the personal well-being of many Australians.’
      • ‘It is, accordingly, inconsistent and uneven in quality of analysis and advice.’
      • ‘Anybody who wants a democratic society cannot accept excessively uneven income distribution.’
      • ‘It appears, then, that there is an uneven distribution of cultural industries across Sweden.’
      • ‘But there is still a lack of resources and an uneven distribution of resources.’
      • ‘For a start, the process of change was uneven throughout the region, and many elements of the communist past persisted.’
      • ‘Exacerbating the problem was the uneven distribution of water in China, particularly in the drought-prone north.’
      irregular, unequal, differing, dissimilar, unlike, unalike, unidentical, unbalanced, lopsided, awry, askew, crooked, asymmetrical, unsymmetrical, disproportionate, not matching
      inconsistent, variable, varying, changeable, fluctuating, intermittent, wavering, irregular, erratic, patchy, bitty
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    2. 1.2 (of a contest) not equally balanced.
      ‘Fran struggled briefly but soon gave up the uneven contest’
      • ‘The sheer building mass of the shopping town, in comparison with the council buildings, was an uneven contest.’
      • ‘The plain fact is, he kept the Giants afloat in a strange, uneven championship season.’
      • ‘Two players contest the ball in an uneven contest dominated by the ADF.’
      • ‘This was an uneven contest with the Dunlavin girls showing superior skill and teamwork.’
      • ‘It would be an uneven match in terms of learning and informed understanding.’
      • ‘If selectors pick a player just to fill a quota, not only will the field remain uneven, the team will suffer a lack of balance too.’
      • ‘But if it was merely an issue of community pride in an uneven contest why was no pressure exerted on the incumbent to step down?’
      • ‘Navratilova, whose world singles ranking is 700, admitted it had been a uneven contest.’
      • ‘Sold out weeks in advance, this was a double headliner, but it was an uneven match.’
      • ‘The United States versus Brazil is a most uneven contest, and the smart money will not be betting on Lula.’
      • ‘This is an uneven contest and the latter will survive to fight another day.’
      • ‘A lot of them acquitted themselves very well, but it was just such an uneven contest.’
      one-sided, unequal, unfair, unjust, inequitable, ill-matched, unbalanced, lopsided
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Origin

Old English unefen ‘not corresponding exactly’(see un-, even).

Pronunciation

uneven

/ˌənˈivən//ˌənˈēvən/