eyesore

[ ahy-sawr, ahy-sohr ]
/ ˈaɪˌsɔr, ˈaɪˌsoʊr /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. eyeshade,
  2. eyeshine,
  3. eyeshot,
  4. eyesight,
  5. eyesome,
  6. eyespot,
  7. eyestalk,
  8. eyestone,
  9. eyestrain,
  10. eyestrings

Origin of eyesore

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

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British Dictionary definitions for eyesore

eyesore

/ (ˈaɪˌsɔː) /

noun

something very ugly
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Word Origin and History for eyesore

eyesore

n.

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

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