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[shuht-ahy] /ˈʃʌtˌaɪ/
noun, Informal.
Origin of shuteye
First recorded in 1895-1900; shut + eye Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for shut-eye
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  • The solemn rites of "shut-eye" determined that Webb was to stay and make camp while Hurley and I retraced our steps.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • "And there's another reason why I want some shut-eye, too," he said.

    Dave Dawson with the R.A.F R. Sidney Bowen
  • So step into the pretty nest, and in it speed to shut-eye Town.

  • "shut-eye," he nodded, and turned back to his multifarious duties.

    The Definite Object Jeffery Farnol
  • And all my shut-eye is caught on this little cot in the twilight of my NYC screen.

    No Great Magic Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • A "shut-eye" sentry was on duty that morning; and the deserter's tent-mates, too, were sympathetically blind to his departure.

  • I've had my jaw-tackle stowed for an hour, letting you do the shut-eye trick.

    Motor Matt's Clue Stanley R. Matthews
  • He was in fact the "shut-eye sentry" who had seen Bent steal off from the Manawapou camp in 1865.

  • And so my little golden apple is off and away for shut-eye Town!

  • Those Cross-branders didnt seem to have any more use for shut-eye that night than a convention o owls.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
British Dictionary definitions for shut-eye


an informal term for sleep
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shut-eye

colloquial for "sleep," 1899, from shut (v.) + eye (n.). Hans Christian Andersen's "Ole Shut-eye," about a being who makes children sleepy, came out 1842; "The Shut-Eye Train" popular children's poem by Eugene Field, is from 1896.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for shut-eye



Sleep: I'll give Betsy the first crack at some shut-eye (1899+)

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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