1) ADJ-GRADED If you are uneasy, you feel anxious, afraid, or embarrassed, because you think that something is wrong or that there is danger.

He said nothing but gave me a sly grin that made me feel terribly uneasy...

He looked uneasy and refused to answer questions...

I had an uneasy feeling that he was going to spoil it.

Derived words:
uneasily [[t]ʌni͟ːzɪli[/t]] ADV-GRADED usu ADV after v, also ADV adj

Meg shifted uneasily on her chair...

He laughed uneasily...

`Well,' she said a little uneasily, `what is it?'...

He was uneasily aware of another watcher in the bushes.

uneasiness N-UNCOUNT

With a small degree of uneasiness, he pushed it open and stuck his head inside.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ about n If you are uneasy about doing something, you are not sure that it is correct or wise.

Richard was uneasy about how best to approach his elderly mother...

Scientists feel uneasy about giving a positive answer.

Derived words:
uneasiness N-UNCOUNT

I felt a great uneasiness about meeting her again.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe a situation or relationship as uneasy, you mean that the situation is not settled and may not last. [JOURNALISM]

An uneasy calm has settled over Los Angeles...

The uneasy alliance between these two men offered a glimmer of hope...

There is an uneasy relationship between us and the politicians.

Derived words:
uneasily ADV-GRADED usu ADV after v, also ADV adj

Democracy and entrepreneurial flair often sit uneasily together...

The people have always co-existed uneasily since their country came into being.

...a country whose component parts fit uneasily together.

4) ADJ (disapproval) If you describe a book or music as uneasy, you are critical of it because it is difficult to read or listen to. [JOURNALISM]

`Rid Of Me' is harrowing, uneasy listening...

This is an uneasy travel book.

...an uneasy mix of thudding bass, drums and screaming guitar.

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