placed far in: a face with deep-set eyes under bushy brows.

Origin of deep-set

First recorded in 1830–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deep-set

Contemporary Examples of deep-set

  • Payback against those accused of practicing sorcery is a deep-set custom in some parts of the ethnically diverse nation.

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    Where They Still Burn ‘Witches’

    Jo Chandler

    February 18, 2013

Historical Examples of deep-set

  • One had the look of an eagle, with his beak-nose and deep-set, uncowed eyes.

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    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Meanwhile, Barnes watched him with a cunning gleam in his deep-set eyes.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • Slum slid from the bar to the ground, and his deep-set eyes were smiling again.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Then he hesitated, with his clear, deep-set eyes resting on her face.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • I wondered how long I would have lasted had the hook been deep-set.

British Dictionary definitions for deep-set



(of the eyes) deeply set into the face
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