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popeyed

[ pop-ahyd ]
/ ˈpɒpˌaɪd /
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adjective
marked by bulging, staring eyes: a young boy popeyed with excitement.
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Origin of popeyed

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25; pop1 + eyed
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How to use popeyed in a sentence

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

    The Silent Alarm|Roy J. Snell
  • Charley is squat of figure, short neck, popeyed, and has white hair.

  • 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.

    Forever|Robert Sheckley

British Dictionary definitions for popeyed

popeyed
/ (ˈpɒpˌaɪd) /

adjective
having bulging prominent eyes
staring in astonishment; amazed
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