One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an eerie silence descended over the house’
uncanny, sinister, ghostly, spectral, unnatural, unearthly, preternatural, supernatural, other-worldly, unreal, mysterious, strange, abnormal, odd, curious, queer, weird, bizarre, freakish
frightening, spine-chilling, hair-raising, blood-curdling, scaring, terrifying, petrifying, chilling
informal creepy, scary, spooky, freaky
British informal rum
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