ee·rie or ee·ry (îrē)
adj. ee·ri·er, ee·ri·est
1. Inspiring inexplicable fear, dread, or uneasiness; strange and frightening. See Synonyms at weird.
2. Scots Frightened or intimidated by superstition.
[Middle English eri, fearful, from Old English earg, cowardly.]
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