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[pop-ahyd] /ˈpɒpˌaɪd/
marked by bulging, staring eyes:
a young boy popeyed with excitement.
Origin of popeyed
An Americanism dating back to 1815-25; pop1 + eyed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I suppose we descend upon Surabaya as a pair of pop-eyed tourists, eh?

    Gold Out of Celebes Aylward Edward Dingle
  • The nearest one comes to him is the pop-eyed man at the door.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • As you can imagine, there was quite a laugh when the Animals saw the ugly flat-nosed, hairless, pop-eyed little creature.

  • They shuffled Wearily and were pop-eyed with Lassitude and Discouragement.

    Fables in Slang George Ade
  • I followed quickly, to find the Professor staring, pop-eyed, at three vacant bunks.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • He was a round, brown, pop-eyed, big-mouthed little creature.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • Dyckman was puffing with exhaustion and pop-eyed from the effort to look in seven directions at once.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • I turned back to the attendant at the bar, a pop-eyed nondescript in a white jacket.

  • Blackmore, pop-eyed with astonishment, came down to watch the show.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • "No danger, I hope," said Parker, pop-eyed this time with genuine apprehension.

British Dictionary definitions for pop-eyed


having bulging prominent eyes
staring in astonishment; amazed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pop-eyed

"having bulging eyes," 1820; see pop (v.) + eye (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pop-eyed



  1. Having protuberant eyes; exophthalmic; bugeyed (1830+)
  2. Astonished; amazed: I just stood there popeyed (1906+)
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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