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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a fitful/restless/uneasy sleep (=in which you keep moving or waking)
▪ My alarm woke me from a fitful sleep.
an uneasy compromise (=one that people are not very happy with)
▪ The deal represented an uneasy compromise.
an uneasy peace (=when people have agreed to stop fighting, but the situation is not really calm)
▪ An uneasy peace prevails in the region.
distinctly uncomfortable/uneasy/unhappy etc
uneasy truce
▪ There was an uneasy truce between Alex and Dave over dinner.
▪ A multi-racial couple in the crowd look distinctly uneasy.
▪ For the past half-hour she had been feeling distinctly uneasy as the ever-present shadows had deepened into almost impenetrable blackness.
▪ She thought she was glad when they left, but in fact she was more uneasy than ever.
▪ But as the time goes on, I begin to feel more uneasy myself.
▪ That thought made Meredith even more uneasy.
▪ When they arrived to find truckloads of people encamped at the derelict village, Antheil became even more uneasy.
▪ The silence between them becomes ever more uneasy.
▪ I feel even more uneasy to find the alien proceedings wearing such an everyday look.
▪ It made Charity even more uneasy about Mandy unabashedly training the binoculars on him.
▪ Nobody will blame me if I say that in the circumstances I became very uneasy.
▪ I told her, for my own part, that I would feel very uneasy making that kind of statement.
▪ He felt very uneasy about entering this dark building with an ill-tempered stranger.
▪ I am very uneasy every Sunday, which is cloudy and deathly still and filled with silent accusing whispers. 5.
▪ The relation between archbishop and prime minister became at times very uneasy.
▪ We had had a very uneasy conversation in the cafeteria after class one day.
▪ I started to feel very uneasy.
▪ Even as he spoke to me I felt very uneasy.
▪ Rothermere, a much bigger newspaper owner, supported Beaverbrook in uneasy alliance.
▪ Five years on, they have reached an uneasy compromise of separate stages, each with its own cast of characters.
▪ Gordon explained that I would be permitted to remain under a set of conditions that obviously represented an uneasy compromise.
▪ The result was the uneasy compromise between deterrent and retributive aims that characterised neoclassicism.
▪ The result was an uneasy compromise, in which for some meetings there would be a chairperson, in others not.
▪ Typical of the uneasy compromises that resulted was the Ten Articles of Faith laid down by convocation in 1536.
▪ But Breeze still had an uneasy feeling that it was something more.
▪ And she had the uneasy feeling that the stormy feelings between them weren't going to blow themselves out, either.
▪ We have an uneasy feeling about where it's going.
▪ Equally, I suspect a good few were left with an uneasy feeling in the pit of their stomachs.
▪ He had an uneasy feeling that it was going to cause trouble.
▪ All these uneasy feelings that were at the back of her mind from time to time.
▪ I have the uneasy feeling he heard voices all day long, talking all kinds of blah to him.
▪ I had the uneasy feeling it would not be so simple.
▪ So complete was this victory that it ensured a kind of uneasy peace for nearly three years.
▪ There was a strange, uneasy peace in the city.
▪ After the devastation an uneasy peace settled over the Empire.
▪ With an uneasy peace prevailing along the border the international community launched a series of missions to defuse the crisis.
▪ But now the ship was almost ready and though the uneasy peace remained intact, soon it would be broken.
▪ Gilligan's work also emphasizes psychology's uneasy relationship with male-identified science.
▪ Whatever is happening, the uneasy relationship between Alan and Pete Swan, the two lawyers, has not improved.
▪ Socialists have an uneasy relationship with management.
▪ One of these is its uneasy relationship with biology.
▪ New printers had to be found, which ended It's uneasy relationship with hot metal.
▪ On the other hand there are administrative and financial costs to employers and potentially uneasy relationships with employees.
▪ The uneasy silence of the small hours fell over the hospital.
▪ There was a moment of uneasy silence before Ray McGovern raised his hand.
▪ An uneasy silence reigned for a moment, and then finally Mr Lewis rose to his feet.
▪ For the next seventy years an uneasy truce prevailed, until hostilities were resumed in 1644.
▪ After a while, an uneasy truce was reached.
▪ But it may also be an uneasy truce, which can only be sustained as long as certain questions are not asked.
▪ One inhabits it like an occupying army and makes, at best, an uneasy truce with it.
▪ It can, as in snails, lead to victory or to defeat; or to an uneasy truce.
▪ It was as if an uneasy truce had been called.
▪ But after a hurriedly arranged meeting, involving the national gipsy council, an uneasy truce was reached.
▪ It was an uneasy truce, however, with clear signs of tension persisting.
▪ 75 percent of consumers said they were uneasy about using their credit cards over the Internet.
▪ After a while she started to feel uneasy, and then scared.
▪ After the speech there was an uneasy silence and nobody clapped.
▪ an uneasy relationship
▪ An uneasy truce has been declared in the bloody two-year conflict.
▪ I was distinctly uneasy in his company, but I couldn't explain why.
▪ It was the same uneasy feeling he'd experienced that morning when he saw the police car outside.
▪ Rebecca was already beginning to feel uneasy about accepting the stranger's offer of a ride.
▪ Roger was a bit uneasy about the plan, but he agreed.
▪ She had the uneasy feeling that he wasn't going to come back.
▪ Since the two sides declared a ceasefire, there has been an uneasy calm throughout the region.
▪ There's something I don't trust about him. He makes me feel very uneasy.
▪ When I answered the telephone, no one was there, which made me uneasy.
▪ And why even today are most scientists still profoundly uneasy about any such notion?
▪ By then he was unofficially resident and working abroad, and in uneasy relations with the Soviet authorities.
▪ His unpredictable outbursts made family members feel uneasy.
▪ It was clear to Susan that Kendall made them uneasy.
▪ Partly because of these restrictions on action and scope, the relationship between Assembly and Committee has often been uneasy and strained.
▪ She seemed uneasy, greeting him with a faltering voice.
▪ The thought sent an uneasy shiver down her spine.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Uneasy \Un*eas"y\, a.

  1. Not easy; difficult. [R.]

    Things . . . so uneasy to be satisfactorily understood.

    The road will be uneasy to find.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  2. Restless; disturbed by pain, anxiety, or the like; disquieted; perturbed.

    The soul, uneasy and confined from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come.

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

  4. Occasioning want of ease; constraining; cramping; disagreeable; unpleasing. ``His uneasy station.''

    A sour, untractable nature makes him uneasy to those who approach him.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., "not comforting, causing trouble," from un- (1) "not" + easy (adj.). Meaning "disturbed in mind" is attested from 1670s. Related: Uneasily; uneasiness.


Etymology 1 a. (context rare English) Not easy; difficult. Etymology 2

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

  1. adj. 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" [ant: easy]

  2. 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" [syn: anxious, nervous, unquiet]

  3. marked by a lack of quiet; not conducive to rest; "spent a restless night"; "fell into an uneasy sleep" [syn: restless]

  4. not at ease socially; 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" [syn: awkward, ill at ease(p)]

Usage examples of "uneasy".

A couched spear of acuminated granite rested by him while at his feet reposed a savage animal of the canine tribe whose stertorous gasps announced that he was sunk in uneasy slumber, a supposition confirmed by hoarse growls and spasmodic movements which his master repressed from time to time by tranquilising blows of a mighty cudgel rudely fashioned out of paleolithic stone.

The Amar were uneasy, moving about constantly, talking in low short bursts, mothers stroking their infants in the birth slings that kept the unformed hatchlings tight against the skin.

Now and again the horses caught a whisper of something in the ambient that made all three of them in direct contact with the horses entirely uneasy, it was impossible to see what might be more than three buildings away, and hard to focus up into falling snow to check the roofs.

Even in the hut which Wedelmann shared with Asch the noiseless burning of the fire in the grate made one uneasy.

Mada and Ave crossed the breakwater and were returning with the board to the crowded beach, Mada felt uneasy.

Marilee shot Axel one of her long looks, which made me very curious and very uneasy at the same time.

I was somehow a thought uneasy thereat, not knowing what the bailie, now that he was out of the guildry, might be saying anent the use and wont that had been practised therein, and never more than in his own time.

As Baken stood back from his handiwork, Vetch strode across the sand with confidence and calm, both of which were going to be very important to keep the youngster from feeling uneasy as he approached.

This fellow Lawrence, who at bottom was a mere gabbling fool, began to get uneasy at my never asking him any questions.

The statue of an enormously plump saint in a chalky, yellowy-white robe smiled beneficently from a niche between two tallow candles, and Rudy felt uneasy, filled with a sense of looking at clues he did not understand.

Only Bute was a little uneasy, realizing how weighty affairs of state can be.

Cordiani, who felt uneasy, came to inquire from me what my intentions were, but I rushed towards him with an open penknife in my hand, and he beat a hasty retreat.

On my lighting the candle she seemed uneasy, and said that the light might discover us if anybody came up to the fourth floor.

But Cayle did not need the uneasy reaction of the other man to realize who the woman was.

On three previous occasions the Mail had been banned by govcrnment decree, each time at a financial cost that 185 infuriated Garry and with a loss of prestige and influence that made Centaine uneasy.