[ ahy-oh-puh-ner ]
See synonyms for: eyeopenereyeopeners on Thesaurus.com

  1. an experience or disclosure that gives one a sudden realization or understanding: Her disclosures about her childhood were a real eyeopener.

  2. a drink of liquor taken early in the day and intended to wake a person up fully.

Origin of eyeopener

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; eye + opener

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British Dictionary definitions for eye-opener


  1. something startling or revealing

  2. US and Canadian an alcoholic drink taken early in the morning

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