[ahy-sawr, ahy-sohr]


something unpleasant to look at: The run-down house was an eyesore to the neighbors.

Origin of eyesore

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at eye, sore
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Historical Examples of eyesore

  • But the things are an eyesore, and mother was worrying herself to death about them.


    William J. Locke

  • They're quite an eyesore—quite an eyesore; but he won't have 'em touched; won't endure it.

    Aunt Rachel

    David Christie Murray

  • The Pennsylvania Avenue is an eyesore and a disgrace to the nation.

  • He said that, even as it was, Westminster Abbey in the season was an eyesore to him.

    They and I

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • The empty house was an eyesore; and that I was sure it would be too, for the same reason.

    A House to Let

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for eyesore



something very ugly
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Word Origin and History for eyesore

"something offensive to the eye," 1520s, from eye (n.) + sore (n.).

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