a person or thing that attracts the attention.

Origin of eye-catcher

First recorded in 1920–25
Related formseye-catch·ing, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of eye-catching

Historical Examples of eye-catching

  • Many of them were coloured men, as ever, dressed in eye-catching smartness.

    The Bonadventure

    Edmund Blunden

  • They poured more funds into eye-catching exhibits at “trade fairs” from Copenhagen to Bangkok.

    East-West Trade Trends

    Harold E. Stassen

British Dictionary definitions for eye-catching



tending to attract attention; striking
Derived Formseye-catcher, noun
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Word Origin and History for eye-catching

1933; earlier was noun eye-catcher (1923); see eye + catch.

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