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

  • adjective Not equal, as in size, length, or quality.
  • adjective Having ill-matched opponents.
  • adjective Not consistent or uniform.
  • adjective Not smooth or level.
  • adjective Not straight or parallel.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or being an odd number.
  • adjective Obsolete Not fair or equitable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not even.
  • Not perfectly horizontal or level, as the beam of a scale; not at the same height or on the same plane; hence, not fair, just, or true.
  • In arithmetic, odd; not divisible by 2 without a remainder: as, 3, 5, 7, etc., are uneven numbers.
  • Ill-matched; unsuitable; ill-assorted.

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

  • adjective Not even; not level; not uniform; rough.
  • adjective Not equal; not of equal length.
  • adjective Not divisible by two without a remainder; odd; -- said of numbers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Not even
  • adjective Not level or smooth
  • adjective Not uniform
  • adjective Varying in quality

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

  • adjective variable and recurring at irregular intervals
  • adjective lacking consistency
  • adjective (of a contest or contestants) not fairly matched as opponents
  • adjective not divisible by two
  • adjective not even or uniform as e.g. in shape or texture


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English unefen, from un- + even.



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