Definitions for uncannyʌnˈkæn i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•can•ny*ʌnˈkæn i(adj.)

  1. having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; extraordinary:

    uncanny accuracy; an uncanny knack of spotting an opportunity.

  2. mysterious; arousing fear or dread:

    Uncanny sounds filled the house.

* Syn: See weird.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eldritch, weird, uncanny, unearthly(adj)

    suggesting the operation of supernatural influences

    "an eldritch screech"; "the three weird sisters"; "stumps...had uncanny shapes as of monstrous creatures"- John Galsworthy; "an unearthly light"; "he could hear the unearthly scream of some curlew piercing the din"- Henry Kingsley

  2. preternatural, uncanny(adj)

    surpassing the ordinary or normal

    "Beyond his preternatural affability there is some acid and some steel" - George Will; "his uncanny sense of direction"


  1. uncanny(Adjective)

    strange, and mysteriously unsettling (as if supernatural); weird

    He bore an uncanny resemblance to the dead sailor.

  2. uncanny(Adjective)


  3. uncanny(Adjective)

    Simultaneously familiar and foreign, often uncomfortably so; translation of Freud's German unheimlich ("no longer secret").

  4. Origin: From ; thus “beyond one′s ken,” or outside one′s familiar knowledge or perceptions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Uncanny(adj)

    not canny; unsafe; strange; weird; ghostly

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


strange or mysterious

She looks so like her sister that it's quite uncanny.

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