[ stahr-ee-ahyd ]
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  1. overly romantic or idealistic: He was a starry-eyed dreamer.

Origin of starry-eyed

First recorded in 1900–05

Words Nearby starry-eyed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use starry-eyed in a sentence

  • Once upon a time, there was a starry-eyed young engineer who started out to set the galaxy on fire.

    Exploiter's End | James Causey
  • But he did notice that she looked rapt and starry-eyed even through the long and dreary hours of free flight.

    Operation: Outer Space | William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • And I ran upstairs to my room and turned on all the lights and looked at the starry-eyed creature in the mirror.

  • He learned soon enough from the glowing, starry-eyed Sarah Haddon and from every one connected with the play.

    Cheerful--By Request | Edna Ferber
  • Mabel, starry-eyed, slipped a hand within his arm and the pressure was eloquent.

British Dictionary definitions for starry-eyed


  1. given to naive wishes, judgments, etc; full of unsophisticated optimism; gullible

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