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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an eerie silence (=one that is strange and rather frightening)
▪ An eerie silence descended over the house.
▪ It is usually accompanied by a clarity of distant visibility which is almost eerie at times.
▪ The relative calm before this convention is almost eerie.
▪ The Range Rover's lights swept into view, illuminating the torrents of rain, the unusually dark, almost eerie gloom.
▪ It seems almost eerie that something so stunning can be so silent.
▪ The absence of negative reaction was almost eerie.
▪ Eventually I got up and put more wood in the stove, noting an almost eerie blue moonlight outside.
▪ Tallis suddenly understood the eerie silence among the clan.
▪ It was in 1933 when the explosive din suddenly stopped and an eerie silence descended on Boulder Canyon.
▪ The corridors took on an eerie silence.
▪ But when bills are introduced in Congress to help curb the epidemic of corporate crime, there is an eerie silence.
▪ Midnight on Wednesday, 17 July 1918, and an eerie silence fell over no-man's-land.
▪ An eerie howl filled the cave.
▪ I had the eerie feeling that somebody was watching me.
▪ The pumps were shut off now. It was eerie, being in the factory without their sound.
▪ The wind made an eerie sound outside.
▪ Flying this kite among the otherwise conventional swept wings on a breezy day was initially eerie.
▪ I looked at the bleak, eerie landscape nearing us, so utterly different from the comfortable London world of human construction.
▪ Overhead, a bulb casts an eerie bluish light.
▪ The approach was eerie because I did it without lights.
▪ The corridors took on an eerie silence.
▪ The most impressive thing about the storm was its eerie quiet.
▪ The voice had an eerie metallic ring to it.
▪ There was everywhere an eerie atmosphere of impending battle.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Eerie \Ee"rie\, Eery \Ee"ry\, a. [Scotch, fr. AS. earh timid.]

  1. Serving to inspire fear, esp. a dread of seeing ghosts; wild; weird; as, eerie stories.

    She whose elfin prancer springs By night to eery warblings.

  2. Affected with fear; affrighted.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also eery, c.1300, "timid, affected by superstitious fear," north England and Scottish variant of Old English earg "cowardly, fearful, craven, vile, wretched, useless," from Proto-Germanic *argaz (cognates: Old Frisian erg "evil, bad," Middle Dutch arch "bad," Dutch arg, Old High German arg "cowardly, worthless," German arg "bad, wicked," Old Norse argr "unmanly, voluptuous," Swedish arg "malicious"). Sense of "causing fear because of strangeness" is first attested 1792. Finnish arka "cowardly" is a Germanic loan-word.


a. 1 strange, weird, fear-inspiring. 2 (context Scotland English) fearful, timid.

  1. adj. suggestive of the supernatural; mysterious; "an eerie feeling of deja vu" [syn: eery, spooky]

  2. so strange as to inspire a feeling of fear; "an uncomfortable and eerie stillness in the woods"; "an eerie midnight howl" [syn: eery]

  3. [also: eeriest, eerier]


Eerie was an American magazine of horror comics introduced in 1966 by Warren Publishing. Like Mad, it was a black-and-white magazine intended for newsstand distribution and thus intentionally outside the control of the Comics Code Authority. Each issue's stories were introduced by the host character, Cousin Eerie. Its sister publications were Creepy and Vampirella.

Eerie (Avon)

Eerie was a one-shot horror comic book cover-dated January 1947 and published by Avon Periodicals as Eerie #1. Its creative team included (among others) Joe Kubert and Fred Kida. Eerie holds the distinction of being the first true, stand-alone horror comic book and is credited with establishing the horror comics genre.

After the initial issue, the title went dormant for a number of years but returned to newsstands as an ongoing title in 1951.

Eerie (disambiguation)

Eerie is an American horror comic

Eerie may also refer to:

  • Eerie (Avon), a 1947 horror comic
  • Eerie Publications, a publisher of comics magazines
  • Eerie, Indiana, a 1991-92 television series

Usage examples of "eerie".

He was a loathsome, gorilla-like thing, with abnormally long arms which I could not help calling fore legs, and a face that conjured up thoughts of unspeakable Congo secrets and tom-tom poundings under an eerie moon.

Carpenter seemed like a man talking in his sleep: his voice was flat, affectless, eerie in its tranquillity.

The ambience was eerie in the extreme, and the smoldering embers were gruesomely suggestive of the contours of a human form.

Sir Arthur turned on the headlamps of the autocar, and the beams pierced the dimness, casting eerie shadows and picking out the twisted branches of trees.

It was hardly more than a guess that Mcllwraith was holding Edward Walpole in the vicinity of Bordon Grove, even if the guess had come to Spandrel with an eerie weight of conviction.

As she untangled the cloth from about her head, a new sound rose in the byre, eerie and harrowing.

Clues to the cache lead him to a location beneath the ocean floor-near strange Easter Island, with its eerie ruins.

Copernik the line had been electrified, and the lack of coal smoke and the pounding, chuffing sound of a steam locomotive was a little eerie.

His eerie stutter spiraled down her cochleae to the bottom of her ears and seemed to leap from there into her spine, vibrating from vertebra to vertebra, shaking shivers from her.

Kerwick had been overjoyed, more so than she, he knew, for when she grew troubled, her father had once told him, she always plucked idly upon the crwth as she had done that night long ago, making an odd melody that sounded eerie in the great hall.

The bay doors were currently open, the faint blue glow of the force field that kept the atmosphere in lending an eerie cyanic glow to the parked vehicles.

A shang storm drove through in the evening, and Lallillir dehisced in glitter like a burning palace, so eerie and awful, so splendid that the travelers must halt and behold it.

City Walk, the eerie hollow sounds of the didgeridoo drifted through the warm air and around the lunchtime shoppers.

He recalled how the street seemed inanely alive with the horrid cheer that haunted zoos and menageries, how the cries of bird sellers, of puppy wallahs and cat peddlers intermingled and created an eerie and disturbing echolalia, at once mocking of and mocked by the chatter of their caged and staring stock in trade.

He gestured around, seeing some of the eerie drawings and effigies placed around.