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."
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 .
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.
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 . All the clocks had stopped and the silence was uncanny .
The current meaning of English canny is "careful and clever, especially in handling money." Definitions of uncanny adjective surpassing the ordinary or normal “his uncanny sense of direction” synonyms: preternatural extraordinary beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable adjective
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.
adj. very strange, unusual synonyms for uncanny Compare Synonyms astonishing astounding eerie exceptional extraordinary fantastic incredible magical miraculous remarkable singular spooky superhuman supernatural creepy devilish ghostly ghoulish inexplainable inspired mysterious mystifying preternatural prodigious queer scary secret supernormal