[oh-puh n-ahyd]


having the eyes open.
having the eyes wide open, as in wonder.
watchful; observant; alert.
deliberate; conscious; knowing: an open-eyed commission of a crime.

Origin of open-eyed

First recorded in 1595–1605
Related formso·pen-ey·ed·ly [oh-puh n-ahy-id-lee, -ahyd-] /ˈoʊ pənˈaɪ ɪd li, -ˈaɪd-/, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for open-eyed

Historical Examples of open-eyed

  • It stood for a week or two longer, open-eyed, as if astonished at its own emptiness.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • His amazement now was so open-mouthed as well as open-eyed that she could not help smiling.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Even our open-eyed Jewish idealist has been blest with ignorance of the actual.

  • Lucy crouched and suffered, open-eyed but without any consciousness.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • He had to toss about open-eyed all night and get up weary, weary.

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for open-eyed



with the eyes wide open, as in amazement
watchful; alert
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