[doo-ee-ahyd, dyoo-]


romantically naive or credulous; sentimental, innocent, and trusting: dewy-eyed, aspiring young actresses.

Origin of dewy-eyed

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dewy-eyed

Contemporary Examples of dewy-eyed

  • Mr. Latimer comes across as an honest, if perhaps an occasionally naïve and dewy-eyed observer.

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    Oval Office Confidential

    Christopher Buckley

    October 5, 2009

  • However, the question of costs is less susceptible to dewy-eyed sentiment than the power of the reading experience.

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    Don't Write Off Books

    Peter Osnos

    April 7, 2009

Historical Examples of dewy-eyed

  • I'm remembering what a dewy-eyed little dove of a thing she is.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • We are just home from the wedding and I wish you could see Lupe's dewy-eyed joy.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • Nadine kissed her mother, and clung round her neck, dewy-eyed.

    Dodo's Daughter

    E. F. Benson

  • Dewy-eyed with shimmering hair,Maiden and lamb were a sight to see, For her pet was white as she was fair.

  • Lost from sight, both so snow-white were,And the lambkin adored the maiden wee, Dewy-eyed with shimmering hair.

British Dictionary definitions for dewy-eyed



naive, innocent, or trusting, esp in a romantic or childlike way
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