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Definitions of eyes

eyes (aɪz


plural noun

  1. (nautical) the part of the bows of a ship that are furthest forward at the level of the main deck

eye1 (aɪ



  1. the organ of sight of animals, containing light-sensitive cells associated with nerve fibres, so that light entering the eye is converted to nervous impulses that reach the brain. In man and other vertebrates the iris controls the amount of light entering the eye and the lens focuses the light onto the retina related adjectives ▶ Related adjectives: ocular oculate ophthalmic optic
  2. (often plural) the ability to see; sense of vision   ⇒  ■ weak eyes
  3. the visible external part of an eye, often including the area around it   ⇒  ■ heavy-lidded eyes,   ⇒  ■ piercing eyes
  4. a look, glance, expression, or gaze   ⇒  ■ a stern eye
  5. a sexually inviting or provocative look (esp in the phrases give (someone) the (glad) eye, make eyes at)
  6. attention or observation (often in the phrases catch someone's eye, keep an eye on, cast an eye over)
  7. ability to recognize, judge, or appreciate   ⇒  ■ an eye for antiques
  8. (often plural) opinion, judgment, point of view, or authority   ⇒  ■ in the eyes of the law
  9. a structure or marking having the appearance of an eye, such as the bud on a twig or potato tuber or a spot on a butterfly wing
  10. a small loop or hole, as at one end of a needle
  11. a small area of low pressure and calm in the centre of a tornado or cyclone
  12. See photocell
  13. (informal) See private eye
  14. See all eyes

  15. See my eye

  16. See an eye for an eye

  17. See cut one's eye after someone

  18. See eyes out

  19. See get one's eye in

  20. See half an eye

  21. See have eyes for

  22. See in one's mind's eye

  23. See in the public eye

  24. See keep an eye open

  25. See keep one's eyes peeled

  26. See look someone in the eye

  27. See make eyes

  28. See more than meets the eye

  29. See pick the eyes out

  30. See see eye to eye

  31. See set eyes on

  32. See the eye of the wind

  33. See turn a blind eye to

  34. See up to one's eyes

  35. See with a … eye

  36. See with an eye to

  37. See with one's eyes open

  38. See with one's eyes shut



Word forms:   eyes,  eyeing,  eying or ,  eyed
  1. to look at carefully or warily
  2. Also: : eye up to look at in a manner indicating sexual interest; ogle

Derived Forms

ˈeyeless  adjective
ˈeyeˌlike  adjective

Word Origin

Old English ēage; related to Old Norse auga, Old High German ouga, Sanskrit aksi


View thesaurus entry
= eyeball, optic (informal), peeper (slang), orb (poetic), organ of vision, organ of sight
= eyesight, sight, vision, observation, perception, ability to see, range of vision, power of seeing
= look at, view, study, watch, check, regard, survey, clock (British) (slang), observe, stare at, scan, contemplate, check out (informal), inspect, glance at, gaze at, behold (archaic) (literary), eyeball (slang), scrutinize, peruse, get a load of (informal), take a dekko at (British) (slang), have or take a look at

Quotations including 'eyes'

  • "If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out" [Bible: St. Matthew]
  • "The sight of you is good for sore eyes" [Jonathan Swift
  • "The eyes are the windows of the soul"

eye2 (aɪ



  1. another word for nye

Example Sentences Including 'eyes'

It was a disturbingly alien face, with holes instead of eyes.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
She had very dark blue eyes that were almost black, like Marianne's.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
Andy Graham, tall and big, with a large face saved from being plain by lively blue eyes , came towards them.
Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)


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