[ slant-ahyd, slahnt- ]

adjective(of a person)
  1. having eyes with epicanthic folds.

  2. having eyes that appear to slant.

  1. Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. being from East Asia, especially a Chinese or Japanese person.

Origin of slant-eyed

First recorded in 1860–65

usage note For slant-eyed

Slant, slant-eye, slant-eyed, and slope are highly offensive slurs that derive from a description of Asian eyes that appear to slant because of epicanthic folds. The adjective slant-eyed was first used in the 1860s. The noun slant-eye dates from the 1920s, and was shortened to slant at the beginning of World War II. The term slope first appeared in the late 1940s. These slurs were all used during the Vietnam War to refer to the Vietnamese.

Words Nearby slant-eyed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use slant-eyed in a sentence

  • I presume that slant-eyed cook is sitting in his wagon waiting for us to come back.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas | Frank Gee Patchin
  • Burly Russians; treacherous, slant-eyed Yellow men have tried it; yes, and daring white crooks, too.

    The Red Lure | Roy J. Snell
  • Tsulʻkălû′, the slant-eyed giant (p. 337): The story of Tsulʻkălû′ is one of the finest and best known of the Cherokee legends.

    Myths of the Cherokee | James Mooney
  • The same slant-eyed men, in broken files, went scuffing over filthy stone, like wanderers lost in a tunnel.

    Dragon's blood | Henry Milner Rideout
  • In her plaintive interlude, the slant-eyed servants watched her, nodding and muttering under the camphor trees.

    Dragon's blood | Henry Milner Rideout