[ oh-puhn-ahyd ]
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  1. having the eyes open.

  2. having the eyes wide open, as in wonder.

  1. watchful; observant; alert.

  2. deliberate; conscious; knowing: an open-eyed commission of a crime.

Origin of open-eyed

First recorded in 1595–1605

Other words from open-eyed

  • o·pen-ey·ed·ly [oh-puhn-ahy-id-lee, -ahyd-], /ˈoʊ pənˈaɪ ɪd li, -ˈaɪd-/, adverb

Words Nearby open-eyed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use open-eyed in a sentence

  • They were watching, open-eyed and open-mouthed, the thread of dark-red blood which wakened them up from their trance of passion.

    North and South | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • She sat open-eyed, with that knowledge which is given to so few—the knowledge of the gradual completion of a set purpose.

    The Isle of Unrest | Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for open-eyed


  1. with the eyes wide open, as in amazement

  2. watchful; alert

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