Uncanny (ŭn-kăn’ē) is an adjective used to describe things that are strange and disturbing, to the point that they appear to have a supernatural origin. One informal synonym is spooky.
Spinoza was uncanny, both personally and philosophically. He wore a signet ring reminding him to be cautious, in contrast to the flamboyant Shelley, whose own ring proclaimed that the good time would come. (NY Times)
Apple is at it again — making TV ads that bear an uncanny resemblance to music videos. (Wired.com)
6 thoughts on “Word of the Day: Uncanny”
The synonym ‘ spooky ‘ helped me understand it much better.
I had been a bit confused between the ‘ uncanny’ and the ‘gothic, as I had read that both referred to the supernatural.
Can I say the difference then is that the ‘uncanny’ is ‘spooky’, and the ‘gothic’ is dark and gloom, and that which signifies terror?
@Matilda, we will cover Gothic next week 🙂 .
Okie dokie 🙂 I will be waiting…
Very familiar word. By
I thought it was something weird with no precedent
I had never related it with spooky good to know