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  1. marked by or having small, glittering eyes, especially eyes that seem to gleam with malice, avarice, or lechery.
  2. staring with suspicion, skepticism, etc.: The gambler gave the newcomer a beady-eyed look.

Origin of beady-eyed

First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for beady-eyed

Historical Examples

  • That was what Toddles called his beady-eyed conductor in retaliation.

    The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories


  • They all leaned forward and regarded him with a beady-eyed sympathy.

    The Magnetic North

    Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)

  • Chet Ball was staring at the beady-eyed yellow chicken in his hand.

    Half Portions

    Edna Ferber

  • There were about a dozen mop-headed, beady-eyed men, and some two dozen women—two apiece—and children.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild

  • When Eylan was finished with him, Barrent went to a small, beady-eyed man who lectured on Earth's memory-destroying system.