noun, plural cock·eyes.

an eye that squints or is affected with strabismus.

Origin of cockeye

1815–25; cock2 (v.) + eye Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cockeye

Historical Examples of cockeye

  • The worst of them, I think, was a fellow who went by the name of Cockeye.

  • "Seems to me no manner of doubt but what he's headed for Cockeye," he said.

    The Killer

    Stewart Edward White

  • "Of course, such fellows as Cockeye and Fothergill are the exceptions, and not the rule," Mr. Blount said.

  • It was a bay with a white leg, and I knew that Cockeye used to ride such a horse, and that there wasn't a better in the colony.

  • So Curley mounted and we rode on at a walk on the horse trail that led up the broad, shallow wash that came out of Cockeye.

    The Killer

    Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for cockeye



informal an eye affected with strabismus or one that squints
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