What does uneasy mean?

Definitions for uneasy
ʌnˈi ziun·easy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. uneasyadjective

    lacking a sense of security or affording no ease or reassurance

    "farmers were uneasy until rain finally came"; "uneasy about his health"; "gave an uneasy laugh"; "uneasy lies the head that wears the crown"; "an uneasy coalition government"; "an uneasy calm"; "an uneasy silence fell on the group"

  2. restless, uneasyadjective

    lacking or not affording physical or mental rest

    "a restless night"; "she fell into an uneasy sleep"

  3. anxious, nervous, queasy, uneasy, unquietadjective

    causing or fraught with or showing anxiety

    "spent an anxious night waiting for the test results"; "cast anxious glances behind her"; "those nervous moments before takeoff"; "an unquiet mind"

  4. awkward, ill at ease(p), uneasyadjective

    socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner

    "awkward and reserved at parties"; "ill at ease among eddies of people he didn't know"; "was always uneasy with strangers"

  5. uneasyadjective

    relating to bodily unease that causes discomfort

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Uneasyadjective

    The wisest of the Gentiles forbad any libations to be made for dead infants, as believing they passed into happiness through the way of mortality, and for a few months wore an uneasy garment. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of Holy Living.

    On a tottering pinacle the standing is uneasy, and the fall deadly. Decay of Piety.

    His present thoughts are uneasy, because his present state does not please him. Roger L'Estrange.

    Uneasy life to me,
    Still watch’d and importun d, but worse for thee. Dryden.

    Happy low! lie down;
    Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. William Shakespeare.

    Uneasy justice upward flew,
    And both the sisters to the stars withdrew. Dryden.

    The passion and ill language proceeded from a gall’d and uneasy mind. John Tillotson.

    It is such a pleasure as makes a man restless and uneasy, exciting fresh desires. Addison.

    One would wonder how any person should desire to be king of a country, in which the established religion is directly opposite to that he professes. Were it possible for such a one to accomplish his designs, his own reason might tell him, there could not be a more uneasy prince, nor a more unhappy people. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    If we imagine ourselves intitled to any thing we have not, we shall be uneasy in the want of it; and that uneasiness will expose us to all the evil persuasions of poverty. John Rogers.

    The soul, uneasy and confin’d from home,
    Rests and expatiates in a life to come. Alexander Pope.

    Some servile imitators
    Prescribe at first such strict, uneasy rules,
    As they must ever slavishly observe. Wentworth Dillon.

    In conversation, a solicitous watchfulness about one’s behaviour, instead of being mended, will be constrained, uneasy, and ungraceful. John Locke.

    A sour, untractable nature, makes him uneasy to those who approach him. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 469.

    We will, not appearing what we are, have some question with the shepherd: from his simplicity, I think it not uneasy to get the cause of my son’s resort thither. William Shakespeare.

    This swift business
    I must uneasy make; lest too light winning
    Make the prize light. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Divers things, knowable by the bare light of nature, are yet so uneasy to be satisfactorily understood, that, let them be delivered in the clearest expressions, the notions themselves will appear obscure. Boyle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Uneasyadjective

    not easy; difficult

  2. Uneasyadjective

    restless; disturbed by pain, anxiety, or the like; disquieted; perturbed

  3. Uneasyadjective

    not easy in manner; constrained; stiff; awkward; not graceful; as, an uneasy deportment

  4. Uneasyadjective

    occasioning want of ease; constraining; cramping; disagreeable; unpleasing

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Uneasy

    un-ē′zi, adj. not at ease: restless: feeling pain: constrained: not easy to be done.—ns. Unease′ (arch.), Uneas′iness, state of being uneasy or not at ease: want of ease: disquiet.—adv. Uneas′ily.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of uneasy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of uneasy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of uneasy in a Sentence

  1. Tim Stubson:

    Yes, there may have been an undercurrent there of anti-Liz sentiment, but there is no way she would have had any trouble getting elected, her relationship with that portion of the party has been uneasy from the beginning, and they probably never totally embraced her because she has been the definition of an establishment Republican. But she was right on the policies.

  2. Jamie Cox:

    Markets are very uneasy about the growing likelihood of a policy error by the The Fed, it's madness really. Most investors would be well served to ignore the machinations of the pricing craziness and wait to see what actually happens with rates.

  3. Clark Kerr:

    A university anywhere can aim no higher than to be as British as possible for the sake of the undergraduates, as German as possible for the sake of the public at large-and as confused as possible for the preservation of the whole uneasy balance.

  4. Mark Pervan:

    The trade data over the weekend would probably have the market a little uneasy.

  5. Bruce Lee:

    Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.

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