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Weird and eerie are synonyms of uncanny, but there are subtle differences in the meanings of the three words. Weird may be used to describe something that is generally strange or out of the ordinary. Eerie suggests an uneasy or fearful consciousness that some kind of mysterious and malign powers are at work, while uncanny, which debuted in the 18th century, implies disquieting strangeness or mysteriousness. English also has a word canny, but canny and uncanny should not be interpreted as opposites. Canny,
which first appeared in English in the 16th century, means "clever,"
"shrewd," or "prudent," as in "a canny lawyer" or "a canny investment."
Examples of UNCANNY
Our waiter had an uncanny resemblance to the creepy villain in the film we had just seen.
"One of the premier shape-shifters of his generation of actors, able to convincingly play an uncanny variety of characters, Paul Dano would seem to have slipped easily into yet another role: that of accomplished director."
— Kenneth Turan, The Portland Press Herald, 28 Jan. 2018
Name That Synonym
Unscramble the letters to create a synonym of uncanny: DCIRHELT.