[ ded-ahy ]
/ ˈdɛdˌaɪ /

noun, plural dead·eyes.

Nautical. either of a pair of disks of hardwood having holes through which a lanyard is rove: used to tighten shrouds and stays.
an expert marksman.

Nearby words

  1. deadbeat dad,
  2. deadbolt,
  3. deadboy,
  4. deaden,
  5. deadening,
  6. deadfall,
  7. deadhead,
  8. deadlight,
  9. deadline,
  10. deadlock

Origin of deadeye

1740–50; dead + eye; as nautical term, probably ellipsis from deadman's eye, Middle English dedmaneseye deadeye Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deadeye

  • Turning on Bob, with a correct imitation of Mr. Deadeye, at his grouchiest moment.

    Nothing But the Truth|Frederic S. Isham

British Dictionary definitions for deadeye


/ (ˈdɛdˌaɪ) /


nautical either of a pair of disclike wooden blocks, supported by straps in grooves around them, between which a line is rove so as to draw them together to tighten a shroudCompare bull's-eye (def. 9)
mainly US informal an expert marksman
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