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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pop-eyed
Historical Examples
  • The nearest one comes to him is the pop-eyed man at the door.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • They shuffled Wearily and were pop-eyed with Lassitude and Discouragement.

    Fables in Slang George Ade
  • Blackmore, pop-eyed with astonishment, came down to watch the show.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • He was a round, brown, pop-eyed, big-mouthed little creature.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • I followed quickly, to find the Professor staring, pop-eyed, at three vacant bunks.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • He doesn't seem as pop-eyed now that I know him better, and he says some very bright things occasionally.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land Annie Fellows Johnston
  • As you can imagine, there was quite a laugh when the Animals saw the ugly flat-nosed, hairless, pop-eyed little creature.

  • pop-eyed, he stared at the tear, and then impulsively looked down at the compartment floor boards.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Mr. Trimm was steered back again the length of the train through a double row of pop-eyed porters and staring trainmen.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • I turned back to the attendant at the bar, a pop-eyed nondescript in a white jacket.

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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