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[ahy-foo l] /ˈaɪ fʊl/
noun, plural eyefuls.
an amount of foreign matter thrown, blown, etc., into the eye:
an eyeful of dust.
as much as one can or wants to see:
The tourists got an eyeful of slum life.
Informal. a very attractive person, especially a beautiful woman.
Origin of eyeful
First recorded in 1825-35; eye + -ful Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Before the train left the cowboys figured they had given the "dudes" an eyeful.

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  • And meet Marie, and her mother too, and let them get an eyeful.

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  • Just then he lifted his head and seemed to take an eyeful of Young's blue shirt.

  • Crow took an eyeful of us as we stood there, evidently dying of curiosity to know what it all meant, and then retired.

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  • She did get an eyeful of several anatomically correct drawings before taking off again.


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  • I knew him well enough as I came upon him just then leaning over the bulwark taking an eyeful of Dutch scenery.

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British Dictionary definitions for eyeful


noun (informal)
a view, glance, or gaze: he got an eyeful of the secret before they blindfolded him
a very beautiful or attractive sight, esp a woman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for eyeful



  1. A good look; close scrutiny; gander: Get an eyeful of that place over there (1914+)
  2. A very good-looking woman; dish (1922+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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