overly romantic or idealistic: He was a starry-eyed dreamer.

Origin of starry-eyed

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of starry-eyed

Historical Examples of starry-eyed

  • Dantor grinned in appreciation and Ulana looked up at him starry-eyed.

  • I'm not one of these starry-eyed reformers who expect to change things overnight.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • Meg looked at it, starry-eyed as she might had she seen a ghost.

    Mystery Wings

    Roy J. Snell

  • "You're talking like a starry-eyed fool, Han," Virginia Merrick said sharply.

    Turning Point

    Alfred Coppel

  • Tad came alongside the wagon and looked into it, grinning and starry-eyed.

    The Lost Wagon

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

British Dictionary definitions for starry-eyed



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