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[kraws-ahy, kros-ahy]
  1. crossed eyes.
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Origin of cross-eye

First recorded in 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for cross-eye

Historical Examples

  • Cross-eye can only be straightened by severing the muscles of the eye.

    Twenty Years a Detective in the Wickedest City in the World

    Clifton R. Wooldridge

  • “A swollen-lunged patriot like your Don Rodrigo–of course he does, every cent,” and the cross-eye took on a jocular gleam.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle

  • Miss Musgrove's face was wholesome, and so kindly that not even a cross-eye had power to spoil it.

  • This contraction of the muscle is termed stra-bis´mus, or cross-eye.

  • A woman, that occasionally worked for me, had a disagreeable squint; she was known in Indian by the name of Sachb, "cross-eye."

    Life in the Backwoods

    Susanna Moodie

British Dictionary definitions for cross-eye


  1. a turning inwards towards the nose of one or both eyes, caused by abnormal alignmentSee also strabismus
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Word Origin and History for cross-eye

also crosseye, 1770 (implied in cross-eyed), from cross (adj.) + eye.

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cross-eye in Medicine


  1. A form of strabismus in which one or both eyes deviate toward the nose.
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Related formscross-eyed′ adj.
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