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 eyeing
Contemporary Examples of eyeing
As he relishes his triumph, a larger, grinning version of the man materializes in the background, eyeing his prey.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing
November 7, 2014
Of the possible Democrats eyeing the field, the one that seems to have the Clintionistas most worried is Elizabeth Warren.Does Team Hillary Want a Democratic Challenge?
September 25, 2014
He raised the device in front of his face, eyeing it suspiciously from behind his Eugene Levy eyebrows.Inside Uber’s Political War Machine
June 30, 2014
Brooke would not say if Chalabi was eyeing the top job himself.U.S. Taps Old Allies for New Iraq War
June 19, 2014
They had come up from playing downstairs when they had heard the strange voices, and now they were eyeing the older boys.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
Historical Examples of eyeing
The parson had bent forward, and was eyeing her curiously, yet with benevolence.Tiverton Tales
But of what he said I remembered nothing, I did not hear, for I was eyeing my mother.
Briskly rubbing his gray head with a towel, he was eyeing my evening clothes.
Then he flushed and became confused, for his father was eyeing him severely.Fruitfulness
He saw that the creature was eyeing the light with ferocious purpose in its expression.The Night Riders
- 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
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.
early 15c., "cause to see;" 1560s, "behold, observe," from eye (n.). Related: Eyed; eyeing.
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.