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Here is something before unknown to the eerie spirits of the woods.

The night sounds of the city hummed in eerie cadences in her ears.

About her were all the eerie noises of the dark, the little, little sounds of little, little things.

The moor was sounding loud and eerie with the call of large birds.

In this vast solitude there was something weird and eerie that shook her courage.

A Night at an Inn is that peculiar novelty, an eerie and poetical melodrama.

Very dark and cold and eerie it was there, and he hurried across to his studio.

Then rose a shrill, vibrating sound, as if of eerie laughter.

In the eerie silence of the dead man's room they faced one another.

At that Simon put on his hat and laughed with an eerie and unpleasant stridency.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "fearful, timid," north England and Scottish variant of Old English earg "cowardly, fearful," from Proto-Germanic *argaz (cf. Old Frisian erg "evil, bad," Middle Dutch arch "bad," Dutch arg, Old High German arg "cowardly, worthless," German arg "bad, wicked," Old Norse argr "unmanly, voluptuous," Swedish arg "malicious").

Sense of "causing fear because of strangeness" is first attested 1792. Related: Eerily. Finnish arka "cowardly" is a Germanic loan-word.

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