[ ahy-bawl ]
/ ˈaɪˌbɔl /


the ball or globe of the eye.
eyeballs, Informal. people who view or read something: Old TV shows are getting a lot of eyeballs online.

verb (used with object)

Informal. to look at, check, or observe closely: two opponents eyeballing each other.


    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 forms

eye·ball·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for eyeballing


/ (ˈaɪˌbɔːl) /


the entire ball-shaped part of the eye
eyeball to eyeball in close confrontation


(tr) slang to stare at
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Medicine definitions for eyeballing


[ ībôl′ ]


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