Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking a sense of security; anxious or apprehensive: The farmers were uneasy until it finally rained.
  • adj. Affording no ease or reassurance: an uneasy calm.
  • adj. Awkward or unsure in manner; constrained: uneasy with strangers.
  • adj. Causing constraint or awkwardness: an uneasy silence.
  • adj. Not conducive to rest: fell into a fitful, uneasy sleep.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not easy; difficult.
  • adj. Restless; disturbed by pain, anxiety, or the like; disquieted; perturbed.
  • adj. Not easy in manner; constrained; stiff; awkward; not graceful; as, an uneasy deportment.
  • adj. Occasioning want of ease; constraining; cramping; disagreeable; unpleasing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not easy; difficult.
  • adj. Restless; disturbed by pain, anxiety, or the like; disquieted; perturbed.
  • adj. Not easy in manner; constrained; stiff; awkward; not graceful.
  • adj. Occasioning want of ease; constraining; cramping; disagreeable; unpleasing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not easy either in body or in mind; feeling some lack of ease, either mental or physical; disturbed; unquiet.
  • Not easy or elegant in manner or style; not graceful; constrained; stiff; awkward.
  • Causing pain, trouble, constraint, discomfort, or want of ease; cramping; constraining; irksome; disagreeable.
  • Not easy to be done or accomplished; difficult.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner
  • adj. causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
  • adj. lacking or not affording physical or mental rest
  • adj. relating to bodily unease that causes discomfort
  • adj. lacking a sense of security or affording no ease or reassurance

Etymologies

From Middle English unesy, equivalent to un- +‎ easy. Merged with Middle English unethe, uneathe ("difficult, not easy"); see uneath. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English unesy, unaisie ("not comforting"), from un- + esy ("comfortable, at ease"). More at easy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Slightly more uneasy is Carole Gray as Cliff's romantic interest, partly because Cliff himself doesn't exude sufficient lust to match her.

    Gibbon Chapter XX

  • They trudged on in uneasy silence till surprised by an open door.

    Too Much Gold

  • The real reason why sexuality in the churches makes so many people uneasy is because it forces the churches to move into areas where traditional formulas and distinctions don't make things any clearer.

    A Flock Divided

  • Lily watched her sister go in uneasy silence, the pruning shears still dangling from her hand.

    The Sisters and the Seeds « A Fly in Amber

  • The other aspect of this that makes me feel a bit uneasy is the tendency for certain bestselling authors (living or dead) to have other people write their books and have them published under their own name.

    Writers & Respect: Where do we stand now? What of our future?

  • They crossed the foyer and entered the chapel, walking past row after row of dark wooden pew, their surfaces polished by decades of pious asses squirming in uneasy silence.

    stonetable.org » NaNoWriMo: Day 4

  • Bioroids make up half the population, living in uneasy peace with humans.

    Movie Review: Appleseed

  • What makes me uneasy is our government engaging in pre-emptive wars.

    Think Progress » Stumped Again: Bush Can’t Name A Single Mistake

  • The long-standing meta-narrative of Washington is that of a black urban core locked in uneasy truce with its rootless white suburbs.

    Coming to America

  • Throughout his work there is a certain uneasy awareness of the problem of class distinctions, and scattered through it at various dates there are ignorant though not unfriendly references to Socialism.

    In Defence of P. G. Wodehouse

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