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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 uneasier, superlative uneasiest)

  1. Restless; disturbed by pain, anxiety, or the like; disquieted; perturbed.
    • 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; stiff; awkward; not graceful; as, an uneasy deportment.
  3. Occasioning want of ease; constraining; cramping; disagreeable; unpleasing.
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