V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: too strange to seem natural

Synonyms: unusual, odd, eerie, strange, weird, mysterious

Antonyms: normal, natural

Tips: When learning the meaning of uncanny, think of something "canned" as being very normal and ordinary. When you add the negative un- "not" to canned, uncanny means "something out of the ordinary, unusual, almost supernatural." You will often hear someone use the word uncanny to describe two people who look alike but are not related: "It's unnatural for two people to look so much alike, but not be related...it's uncanny."

Usage Examples:

She has an uncanny ability to predict the weather; shes certainly better than any meteorologist Ive seen. (unusual, eerie)

The likeness between the two friends was uncanny; everyone thought they were twins. (odd, eerie)

Her uncannily good sense of direction ensures that we'll never get lost. (mysteriously, eerily) adverb

They sound exactly the same over the phone; it's uncanny. (eerie, unnatural)

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