redeye

[red-ahy]
noun, plural red·eyes, (especially collectively) red·eye for 1, 2.
  1. any of several fishes having red eyes, as the rock bass.
  2. red-eyed vireo.
  3. Also red-eye, red eye. Slang. cheap, strong whiskey.
  4. red-eye(def 2).
  5. (initial capital letter) Military. a shoulder-launched U.S. Army surface-to-air missile capable of destroying low-flying aircraft.
  6. red-eye(def 4).
adjective
  1. red-eye.

Origin of redeye

1665–75; 1920–25, for def 3; red1 + eye

red-eye

[red-ahy]
noun
  1. the condition of having bloodshot eyes, as from eyestrain or lack of sleep.
  2. Also red eye, redeye. Informal. a commercial airline flight between two distant points that departs late at night and arrives early in the morning.
  3. redeye(def 3).
  4. an unwanted photographic effect in which a person's iris appears to be red: caused by the reflection of a flashbulb off the blood vessels of the retina.
adjective
  1. Also redeye. Informal. of or indicating a long-distance flight that leaves late at night: the red-eye special from New York to Los Angeles.

Origin of red-eye

1965–70, for def 2
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British Dictionary definitions for redeye

redeye

noun
  1. US slang inferior whiskey
  2. Canadian slang a drink incorporating beer and tomato juice
  3. another name for rudd

red-eye

noun
  1. informal
    1. an aeroplane flight leaving late at night or arriving early in the morning
    2. (as modifier)a red-eye flight
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Word Origin and History for redeye

red-eye

n.

"airplane flight which deprives travelers of sleep," 1968, from the red eyes of sleeplessness; earlier as a noun meaning "raw and inferior whiskey" (1819, American English).

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