Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Strange or unearthly; eerie.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Local, Eng. Hideous; ghastly.

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  • adjective unearthly, alien, supernatural, weird, spooky, eerie

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  • adjective suggesting the operation of supernatural influences

Etymologies

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

[Perhaps Middle English *elriche : Old English el-, strange, other; see al- in Indo-European roots + Old English rīce, realm; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

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Middle English from earlier elrich, equivalent to Old English el- ("foreign, strange, uncanny") (see else ) + rīċe "realm, kingdom" (see rich ); hence “of a strange country, pertaining to the Otherworld”; compare Old English ellende "in a foreign land, exiled" (compare German Elend "penury, distress" and Dutch ellende "misery"), Runic Norse alja-markir "foreigner".

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