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[ahy-sawr, ahy-sohr] /ˈaɪˌsɔr, ˈaɪˌsoʊr/
something unpleasant to look at:
The run-down house was an eyesore to the neighbors.
Origin of eyesore
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at eye, sore Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the things are an eyesore, and mother was worrying herself to death about them.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • They're quite an eyesore—quite an eyesore; but he won't have 'em touched; won't endure it.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • The Pennsylvania Avenue is an eyesore and a disgrace to the nation.

  • He said that, even as it was, Westminster Abbey in the season was an eyesore to him.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • The empty house was an eyesore; and that I was sure it would be too, for the same reason.

    A House to Let Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for eyesore


something very ugly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for eyesore

"something offensive to the eye," 1520s, from eye (n.) + sore (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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