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  1. the ball or globe of the eye.
  2. eyeballs, Informal. people who view or read something: Old TV shows are getting a lot of eyeballs online.
verb (used with object)
  1. Informal. to look at, check, or observe closely: two opponents eyeballing each other.
  1. give (someone) the hairy eyeball, Slang. to look at (someone) with eyelids partly lowered, as in hostility or distrust.

Origin of eyeball

1580–90; 1900–05 for def 3; eye + ball1
Related formseye·ball·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for eyeball


  1. the entire ball-shaped part of the eye
  2. eyeball to eyeball in close confrontation
  1. (tr) slang to stare at
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Word Origin and History for eyeball

also eye-ball, 1580s, from eye (n.) + ball (n.1). As a verb, 1901, American English slang. Related: Eyeballed; eyeballing.

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eyeball in Medicine


  1. The globe-shaped portion of the eye surrounded by the socket and covered externally by the eyelids.bulb of eye
  2. The eye itself.
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