having bright eyes.
alertly eager.


    bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, alertly eager; full of energy and enthusiasm: Get a good night's sleep so you'll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning.

Origin of bright-eyed

First recorded in 1585–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bright-eyed

Contemporary Examples of bright-eyed

Historical Examples of bright-eyed

  • She turned her head, and, laughing and bright-eyed, looked him full in the face.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Then she turned to her husband a bright-eyed glance: "You don't mind—our coming?"

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • "You want other people to understand," said Lydia, bright-eyed, now she was following him.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Anne, bright-eyed and anxious, came in upon him and brought him to his feet.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • On it, when it raised—flushed, bright-eyed and smiling—was the glory of youth.

    The Wreck of the Titan

    Morgan Robertson

British Dictionary definitions for bright-eyed



eager; fresh and enthusiastic
bright-eyed and bushy-tailed informal keen, confident, and alert
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