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[oh-puh n-feyst]
  1. having a frank or ingenuous face.
  2. Also o·pen-face. designating an open sandwich.
  3. (of a watch) having the dial covered only by the crystal.
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Origin of open-faced

First recorded in 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for open-faced

Historical Examples

  • Simple, you will see he was; open-faced and guileless as the day.

    The Flockmaster of Poison Creek

    George W. Ogden

  • He was open-faced to the last degree, and what he said he meant.

  • "A quarter after five," said her companion, consulting an elegant, open-faced watch.

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser

  • They are not all so open-faced and above board as they might be.

  • It was an open-faced, old-fashioned thing, set round with a rim of pearls.

    The House by the Lock

    C. N. Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for open-faced


  1. having an ingenuous expression
  2. (of a watch) having no lid or cover other than the glass
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