3 Uncanny part 1

Posted on October 20th, 2011 in Course Blog by Neil David Buchanan

The Dictionary of the Scots Language (online version) defines uncanny as:

DSL - DOST (Uncanny,) Uncannie, adj. Also: uncany, -kannie.
[Canny adj.] a. Malicious, mischievous. b. ? Aggressive, threatening. c. Unreliable, untrustworthy; incautious. — a.
Sum now, vncannie sawers, sew sum causes of contentioun betuene the Chanceller and the Gouernour; Dalr. II 58/24. — b.
Order to be taken for restraining uncany begers; 1631 Kirkcaldy Presb. 33. — c.
I [was] … made hopefull he would not suffer it be spoiled by the imprudencie of mony uncannie hands which are about it; 1638 Baillie I 100.
To make all, without dinn, march forward, leist his unkannie trewes-men should light on to call them up in their rear; 1639 Baillie I 211.

Cambridge Online goes for:

uncanny (adjective)



strange or mysterious; difficult or impossible to explain; an uncanny resemblance

And the visual thesaurus element of that resource can do more than this:

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