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 popeyed

Historical Examples of popeyed

  • But no, the guard of a half hour before was staring, popeyed, at the sheaf of bills.

    The Silent Alarm

    Roy J. Snell

  • He fell back sitting on the bed, pulling the popeyed bravo toward him so that his good knee pressed into the Sordello's chest.

  • As the doors opened, he ran past a popeyed subway guard, up the stairs and into the street.


    Robert Sheckley

  • Charley is squat of figure, short neck, popeyed, and has white hair.

British Dictionary definitions for popeyed



having bulging prominent eyes
staring in astonishment; amazed
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