Synonyms for eerily

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My humor enters into it, in no obvious way but eerily like a gay ghost.

Earthquakes are eerily quiet -- at first, anyway -- but this wasn't quiet.

Really, this was all so eerily interesting that she almost forgot the pain of her bandaged ankle.

The ship was eerily silent, dropping with a rising scream as the atmosphere touched the hull.

They sounded like small working sounds, blending in eerily mysterious fashion with a chorus of small voices.

The owl came so silently and so eerily that, somehow, it seemed to have materialized out of thin air.

Thick bush, dank and heavy from recent rains, was on either side, fugitive streaks of pale light from above painting it eerily.

Yesterday it was summer, but the strange sudden "stop" has come, eerily, as it always seems to come.

The half-moon curtains of rock that so eerily resembled eyelids, blinked heavily.

Finally, after passing over a chain of darkened mountains, eerily lighted at the peaks by the Sun, there came a yell.

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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