strange and difficult to explain synonym weird I had an uncanny feeling I was being watched. It was uncanny really, almost as if she knew what I was thinking. He has an uncanny knack of being able to see immediately where the problem lies. She bore a quite uncanny resemblance to my Auntie Elsie. Word Origin late 16th cent. (originally Scots in the sense ‘relating to the occult, malicious’): from un- ‘not’ + canny.