- the condition of having bloodshot eyes, as from eyestrain or lack of sleep.
- Also red eye, redeye. Informal. a commercial airline flight between two distant points that departs late at night and arrives early in the morning.
- redeye(def 3).
- an unwanted photographic effect in which a person's iris appears to be red: caused by the reflection of a flashbulb off the blood vessels of the retina.
- Also redeye. Informal. of or indicating a long-distance flight that leaves late at night: the red-eye special from New York to Los Angeles.
Origin of red-eye
Examples from the Web for red-eye
She calls her new post “a red-eye job, given our time difference and the predilection for crisis.”New Pakistan Ambassador Brings Frank Talk to Washington Relations
February 21, 2012
And, I appreciate the reciprocation of warm nuts and having a decent five hours sleep when I take a red-eye.Who's Missing in First Class?
December 11, 2010
But I do not withdraw what I said yesterday about its resemblance to the red-eye's and the solitary's.The Foot-path Way
Give us a sermon, parson, and you shall have a pint of red-eye!'City Crimes
"Anybody'd think you was full of red-eye, the way you act," muttered Red peevishly.Bar-20 Days
Clarence E. Mulford
It was a vireo's nest; but it was too large, too downy, too yellow for Red-eye.Wild Life Near Home
Dallas Lore Sharp
This X chromosome has also the factor for the development of red-eye pigment.The Organism as a Whole</p>
- an aeroplane flight leaving late at night or arriving early in the morning
- (as modifier)a red-eye flight
Word Origin and History for red-eye
"airplane flight which deprives travelers of sleep," 1968, from the red eyes of sleeplessness; earlier as a noun meaning "raw and inferior whiskey" (1819, American English).