Meaning of uncanny in English uncanny adjective uk / ʌnˈkæn.i / us / ʌnˈkæn.i / strange or mysterious, often in a way that is slightly frightening: It was uncanny the way that she always knew what he was thinking. She bears an uncanny resemblance to her father's best friend. More examples The overall effect was weird and uncanny .
Uncanniness was first explored psychologically by Ernst Jentsch in a 1906 essay, On the Psychology of the Uncanny. Jentsch defines the Uncanny as: being a product of "...intellectual uncertainty; so that the uncanny would always, as it were, be something one does not know one’s way about in. The better oriented in his environment a person is, the less readily will he get the impression of something uncanny in regard to the objects and events in it."
uncanny adjective us / ʌnˈkæn.i / uk / ʌnˈkæn.i / strange or mysterious, often in a way that is slightly frightening: It was uncanny the way that she always knew what he was thinking. She bears an uncanny resemblance to her father's best friend. More examples The overall effect was weird and uncanny .
Britannica Dictionary definition of UNCANNY. [more uncanny; most uncanny] : strange or unusual in a way that is surprising or difficult to understand. She had an uncanny resemblance to someone I had seen before. She has an uncanny sense of direction. an uncanny ability to predict the weather.
1. having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; extraordinary: uncanny accuracy; an uncanny knack of spotting an opportunity. 2. mysterious; arousing fear or dread: Uncanny sounds filled the house. [1590–1600] un•can′ni•ly, adv. un•can′ni•ness, n. syn: See weird.
The uncanny seems to be related to beliefs we once held when we were children that we’ve repressed or covered over or hidden away to become adults. We cover over these beliefs because, of course, those beliefs are wrong and we don’t want to be wrong. We want to be grown up. We want to be rational people with proper attitudes about the world.
The Uncanny 1977 Not Rated 1 h 29 m IMDb RATING 5.7 /10 1.9K YOUR RATING Rate Play trailer 2:30 1 Video 60 Photos Horror Wilbur Gray, a horror writer, has stumbled upon a terrible secret, that cats are supernatural creatures who really call the shots. In a desperate attempt to get others to believe him, Wilbur spews three tales of feline horror.