uneasy

Uneasy describes an uncomfortable feeling. You might feel socially uneasy when dining with your girlfriend's parents if they don't like you very much. Your stomach may also feel uneasy at that same dinner and gurgle in an embarrassing way.

The adjective uneasy has many shades of meaning, most involving mild discomfort. It can refer to a lack of a sense of security. If McDonald's and Burger King team up to develop a new sandwich, that would be an uneasy alliance, because neither side would fully trust the other. Uneasy can also describe causing someone to feel anxious or nervous. If you see someone staring at you mumbling, "That's him, that's the one," you might feel uneasy.

Definitions of uneasy
  1. adjective
    causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
    synonyms: anxious, nervous, queasy, unquiet
    troubled
    characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need
  2. adjective
    socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner
    “was always uneasy with strangers”
    synonyms: awkward, ill at ease
    uncomfortable
    conducive to or feeling mental discomfort
  3. adjective
    lacking a sense of security or affording no ease or reassurance
    “farmers were uneasy until rain finally came”
    uneasy about his health”
    “gave an uneasy laugh”
    uneasy lies the head that wears the crown”
    “an uneasy coalition government”
    “an uneasy calm”
    “an uneasy silence fell on the group”
    Synonyms:
    uncomfortable
    conducive to or feeling mental discomfort
    apprehensive, worried
    mentally upset over possible misfortune, danger, etc.
    precarious, tenuous, unstable
    affording no ease or reassurance
    unquiet
    characterized by unrest or disorder
    tense
    in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
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    Antonyms:
    easy
    free from worry or anxiety
    comfortable
    free from stress or conducive to mental ease; having or affording peace of mind
    relaxed
    without strain or anxiety
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  4. adjective
    lacking or not affording physical or mental rest
    “she fell into an uneasy sleep”
    synonyms: restless
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    Antonyms:
    relaxing, reposeful, restful
    affording physical or mental rest
    slumberous, slumbrous
    quiet and tranquil
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  5. adjective
    relating to bodily unease that causes discomfort
    Synonyms:
    uncomfortable
    providing or experiencing physical discomfort
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