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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]


Suggesting the operation of supernatural influences


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


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

Sense 2uncanny [BACK TO TOP]


Surpassing the ordinary or normal


preternatural; uncanny

Context examples:

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


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

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