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From Middle English eri (fearful), from Old English earg (cowardly, fearful), from Proto-Germanic *argaz. Akin to Scots ergh, argh from the same Old English source. Doublet of argh.



eerie (comparative eerier, superlative eeriest)

  1. Strange, weird, fear-inspiring.
    Synonyms: creepy, spooky
    The eerie sounds seemed to come from the graveyard after midnight.
    • 1899 Feb, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, page 200:
      An eerie feeling came over me.
  2. (Scotland) Frightened, timid.
    • 1883, George MacDonald, Donal Grant:
      She began to feel eerie.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      'It is my business to read the hearts o' men,' said the other.
      'And who may ye be?' said Heriotside, growing eerie.


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