noun, plural eyes, (Archaic) ey·en or eyne.
- the bud of a potato, Jerusalem artichoke, etc.
- a small, contrastingly colored part at the center of a flower.
verb (used with object), eyed, ey·ing or eye·ing.
verb (used without object), eyed, ey·ing or eye·ing.
- to want no other person or thing but: She was always surrounded by admirers, but she had eyes only for Harry.
- to see, or view, or desire to see only.
Origin of eye
Examples from the Web for eye
They eye the door anxiously, convinced that at any moment, a Pakistani or Iranian intelligence officer will come barging in.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was so shocked because I opened my Twitter app with one eye.
Tolkien, channeling something similar, conjured the Eye of Sauron.
Richard Wright would never see eye to eye with you about your lifestyle.
Recipients in a cryobank can peruse donor files and see hair color, eye color, race, height, IQ, and so on.Have Sperm, Will Travel: The ‘Natural Inseminators’ Helping Women Avoid the Sperm Bank|Elizabeth Picciuto|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Squire stood glumly hesitating, but with his eye on his son.Elizabeth's Campaign|Mrs. Humphrey Ward
He discovered, to his misfortune, a small grated window, to which he applied his eye.
Tell's eye was true, so he consented to the horrible proposal.Golden Deeds|Anonymous
And the burning wood hissed in the eye, just as the red-hot iron hisses in the water when a man seeks to temper steel for a sword.Myths and Legends of All Nations|Various
Curious rivulets of tawny brown ran here and there as far as the eye could reach.Francisco Our Little Argentine Cousin|Eva Cannon Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for eye (1 of 2)
- a modicum of perceptivenessanyone with half an eye can see she's in love
- continuing unobtrusive observation or awarenessthe dog had half an eye on the sheep
- regarding; with reference towith an eye to one's own interests
- with the intention or purpose ofwith an eye to reaching agreement
- with great ease, esp as a result of thorough familiarityI could drive home with my eyes shut
- without being aware of all the facts
verb eyes, eyeing, eying or eyed (tr)
Word Origin for eye
British Dictionary definitions for eye (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for eye (1 of 2)
c.1200, from Old English ege (Mercian), eage (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *augon (cf. Old Saxon aga, Old Frisian age, Old Norse auga, Swedish öga, Danish øie, Middle Dutch oghe, Dutch oog, Old High German ouga, German Auge, Gothic augo "eye"), from PIE *okw- "to see" (cf. Sanskrit akshi "the eye, the number two," Greek opsis "a sight," Old Church Slavonic oko, Lithuanian akis, Latin oculus, Greek okkos, Tocharian ak, ek, Armenian akn).
Until late 14c. the plural was in -an, hence modern dialectal plural een, ene. The eye of a needle was in Old English; to see eye to eye is from Isa. lii:8. Eye contact attested by 1965. Eye-opener "anything that informs and enlightens" is from 1863. Have an eye on "keep under supervision" is attested from early 15c.
Word Origin and History for eye (1 of 2)
early 15c., "cause to see;" 1560s, "behold, observe," from eye (n.). Related: Eyed; eyeing.
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Idioms and Phrases with eye
In addition to the idioms beginning with eye
- eye for an eye, an
- eye opener, an
- eyes are bigger than one's stomach, one's
- eyes in the back of one's head, have
- eyes open, with
- eye to eye
- eye to the main chance, have an
- eye to, with an
- all eyes
- apple of one's eye
- believe one's ears (eyes)
- bird's-eye view
- black eye
- bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
- catch someone's eye
- close one's eyes
- cry one's eyes out
- eagle eye
- easy on the eyes
- evil eye
- feast one's eyes on
- give someone the once-over (eye)
- green-eyed monster
- have an eye for
- have one's eye on
- hit between the eyes
- hit the bull's-eye
- in a pig's eye
- in one's mind's eye
- in the eye of the wind
- in the public eye
- in the twinkling of an eye
- keep an eye on
- keep an eye out
- keep a weather eye
- keep one's eye on the ball
- keep one's eyes open
- lay eyes on
- look someone in the face (eye)
- make eyes at
- more than meets the eye
- my eye
- naked eye
- one eye on
- open one's eyes
- out of the corner of one's eye
private eyepull the wool over someone's eyesrun one's eyes oversee eye to eyesee with half an eyesight for sore eyesstars in one's eyesthrow dust in someone's eyesturn a blind eyeup to one's ears (eyes)with an eye towith one's eyes openwithout batting an eye.