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noun Informal.
  1. sleep.
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Origin of shuteye

First recorded in 1895–1900; shut + eye
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Examples from the Web for shut-eye

Historical Examples

  • And all my shut-eye is caught on this little cot in the twilight of my NYC screen.

    No Great Magic

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • I've had my jaw-tackle stowed for an hour, letting you do the shut-eye trick.

    Motor Matt's Clue

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • "And there's another reason why I want some shut-eye, too," he said.

  • "Guess you and I had better get some shut-eye too, pal," Tom told Bud.

  • "Shut-eye," he nodded, and turned back to his multifarious duties.

    The Definite Object

    Jeffery Farnol

British Dictionary definitions for shut-eye


  1. an informal term for sleep
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Word Origin and History for shut-eye


colloquial for "sleep," 1899, from shut (v.) + eye (n.). Hans Christian Andersen's "Ole Shut-eye," about a being who makes children sleepy, came out 1842; "The Shut-Eye Train" popular children's poem by Eugene Field, is from 1896.

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