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  1. having eyes in which there is an abnormal amount of the white showing, because of divergent strabismus.
  2. having large, staring eyes, as some fishes.
  3. marked by excited or agitated staring of the eyes, as in fear, rage, frenzy, or the like: He stood there in walleyed astonishment.
  4. having an eye or the eyes presenting little or no color, as the result of a light-colored or white iris or of white opacity of the cornea.
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Origin of walleyed

1300–50; Middle English wawileghed, waugle eghed < Old Norse vagleygr, equivalent to vagl- (meaning uncertain; compare Icelandic vagl film over the eye) + -eygr -eyed; see eye; compare Old English waldenīge
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Examples from the Web for wall-eyed

Historical Examples

  • Did you ever see a horse with such a wall-eyed expression as he's got?

    Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit

    Charles Dickens

  • From every ranch-gate men and boys issued, wall-eyed with curiosity.

  • So quit goggling and slobbering at me, you wall-eyed, slimy, fat toad.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Take care, Kris, that you don't get wall-eyed during the night.

  • That wall-eyed roan is mine, so is the sorrel mare with the star face.

    The Eagle's Heart

    Hamlin Garland

Word Origin and History for wall-eyed



c.1300, wawil-eghed, wolden-eiged, "having very light-colored eyes," also "having parti-colored eyes," from Old Norse vagl-eygr "having speckled eyes," from vagl "speck in the eye." Meaning "having one or both eyes turned out" (and thus showing much white) is first recorded 1580s.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

wall-eyed in Medicine


  1. Having a walleye.
  2. Affected with walleye.
  3. Having large bulging or staring eyes.
  4. Having eyes with distended pupils.
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