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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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  • So far as you are concerned see that you are never an eyesore.

    Courtship and Marriage Annie S. Swan
  • The Pennsylvania Avenue is an eyesore and a disgrace to the nation.

  • It became almost an eyesore to the quiet gentry, who viewed the palace with a feeling of their own inferiority.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society Grace & Philip Wharton
  • These courts were, not unnaturally, an eyesore to the Japanese people.

    The Empire of the East H. B. Montgomery
  • The presence of such a man as Lax in the country was an eyesore to Captain Clayton, which it was his primary duty to remove.

    The Landleaguers Anthony Trollope
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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