noun, plural eyes, (Archaic) ey·en or eyne.
- the bud of a potato, Jerusalem artichoke, etc.
- a small, contrastingly colored part at the center of a flower.
verb (used with object), eyed, ey·ing or eye·ing.
verb (used without object), eyed, ey·ing or eye·ing.
- to want no other person or thing but: She was always surrounded by admirers, but she had eyes only for Harry.
- to see, or view, or desire to see only.
Origin of eye
- a modicum of perceptivenessanyone with half an eye can see she's in love
- continuing unobtrusive observation or awarenessthe dog had half an eye on the sheep
- regarding; with reference towith an eye to one's own interests
- with the intention or purpose ofwith an eye to reaching agreement
- with great ease, esp as a result of thorough familiarityI could drive home with my eyes shut
- without being aware of all the facts
verb eyes, eyeing, eying or eyed (tr)
Word Origin for eye
c.1200, from Old English ege (Mercian), eage (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *augon (cf. Old Saxon aga, Old Frisian age, Old Norse auga, Swedish öga, Danish øie, Middle Dutch oghe, Dutch oog, Old High German ouga, German Auge, Gothic augo "eye"), from PIE *okw- "to see" (cf. Sanskrit akshi "the eye, the number two," Greek opsis "a sight," Old Church Slavonic oko, Lithuanian akis, Latin oculus, Greek okkos, Tocharian ak, ek, Armenian akn).
Until late 14c. the plural was in -an, hence modern dialectal plural een, ene. The eye of a needle was in Old English; to see eye to eye is from Isa. lii:8. Eye contact attested by 1965. Eye-opener "anything that informs and enlightens" is from 1863. Have an eye on "keep under supervision" is attested from early 15c.
early 15c., "cause to see;" 1560s, "behold, observe," from eye (n.). Related: Eyed; eyeing.
an eye for an eye
The principle of justice that requires punishment equal in kind to the offense (not greater than the offense, as was frequently given in ancient times). Thus, if someone puts out another's eye, one of the offender's eyes should be put out. The principle is stated in the Book of Exodus as “Thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.”
an eye for an eye
see eye for an eye.
In addition to the idioms beginning with eye
- eye for an eye, an
- eye opener, an
- eyes are bigger than one's stomach, one's
- eyes in the back of one's head, have
- eyes open, with
- eye to eye
- eye to the main chance, have an
- eye to, with an
- all eyes
- apple of one's eye
- believe one's ears (eyes)
- bird's-eye view
- black eye
- bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
- catch someone's eye
- close one's eyes
- cry one's eyes out
- eagle eye
- easy on the eyes
- evil eye
- feast one's eyes on
- give someone the once-over (eye)
- green-eyed monster
- have an eye for
- have one's eye on
- hit between the eyes
- hit the bull's-eye
- in a pig's eye
- in one's mind's eye
- in the eye of the wind
- in the public eye
- in the twinkling of an eye
- keep an eye on
- keep an eye out
- keep a weather eye
- keep one's eye on the ball
- keep one's eyes open
- lay eyes on
- look someone in the face (eye)
- make eyes at
- more than meets the eye
- my eye
- naked eye
- one eye on
- open one's eyes
- out of the corner of one's eye
private eyepull the wool over someone's eyesrun one's eyes oversee eye to eyesee with half an eyesight for sore eyesstars in one's eyesthrow dust in someone's eyesturn a blind eyeup to one's ears (eyes)with an eye towith one's eyes openwithout batting an eye.