marked by bulging, staring eyes: a young boy popeyed with excitement.

Origin of popeyed

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25; pop1 + eyed
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Examples from the Web for pop-eyed

Historical Examples of pop-eyed

  • The nearest one comes to him is the pop-eyed man at the door.

    Working With the Working Woman

    Cornelia Stratton Parker

  • They shuffled Wearily and were pop-eyed with Lassitude and Discouragement.

    Fables in Slang

    George Ade

  • Blackmore, pop-eyed with astonishment, came down to watch the show.

    Down the Columbia

    Lewis R. Freeman

  • He was a round, brown, pop-eyed, big-mouthed little creature.

    Maida's Little Shop

    Inez Haynes Irwin

  • I followed quickly, to find the Professor staring, pop-eyed, at three vacant bunks.

    Bunch Grass

    Horace Annesley Vachell

British Dictionary definitions for pop-eyed



having bulging prominent eyes
staring in astonishment; amazed
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Word Origin and History for pop-eyed

"having bulging eyes," 1820; see pop (v.) + eye (n.).

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