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  • IPA(key): /ʌnˈiːzi/
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  • Hyphenation: un‧easy
  • Rhymes: -iːzi

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English unesy, equivalent to un- +‎ easy. Merged with Middle English unethe, uneathe (difficult, not easy). See uneath.


uneasy (comparative uneasier, superlative uneasiest)

  1. (rare) Not easy; difficult.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English unesy, unaisie (not comforting), from un- + esy (comfortable, at ease). More at easy.


uneasy (comparative more uneasy or uneasier, superlative most uneasy or uneasiest)

  1. Restless; disturbed by pain, anxiety
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 17, in Well Tackled![1]:
      Commander Birch was a trifle uneasy when he found there was more than a popple on the sea; it was, in fact, distinctly choppy.
    I've been uneasy about your friend ever since I met him. Are you sure we can trust him?
  2. Not easy in manner; constrained
    Synonyms: stiff, awkward, ungraceful
    He was behaving in an uneasy way.
  3. Causing discomfort or constraint

(restless): : See Thesaurus:nervous

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