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UNCANNY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does uncanny mean? 

UNCANNY (adjective)
  The adjective UNCANNY has 2 senses:

1. suggesting the operation of supernatural influences
2. surpassing the ordinary or normal

  Familiarity information: UNCANNY used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNCANNY (adjective)


Sense 1uncanny [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suggesting the operation of supernatural influences

Synonyms:

eldritch; uncanny; weird; unearthly

Context examples:

an eldritch screech / the three weird sisters / stumps...had uncanny shapes as of monstrous creatures / an unearthly light / he could hear the unearthly scream of some curlew piercing the din

Similar:

supernatural (not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material)


Sense 2uncanny [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Surpassing the ordinary or normal

Synonyms:

preternatural; uncanny

Context examples:

Beyond his preternatural affability there is some acid andsome steel / his uncanny sense of direction

Similar:

extraordinary (beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable)


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