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[ wawl-ahy ]
/ ˈwɔl aɪ /

noun, plural wall·eyes, (especially collectively for 1, 2) wall·eye.

Also called walleyed pike, jack salmon. a large game fish, Stizostedion vitreum, inhabiting the lakes and rivers of northeastern North America; pikeperch.
any of various other fishes having large, staring eyes.
an eye characteristic of a walleyed person or animal.
(initial capital letter) Military. a series of television-guided bombs with high-explosive warheads, in production since the 1960s.

Nearby words

waller, waller, edmund, waller, fats, wallerian degeneration, wallet, walleye, walleye pollock, walleyed, walleyed pike, wallflower, wallies

Origin of walleye

First recorded in 1515–25; back formation from walleyed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for walleye

  • Because brood-stock of the major sport-fishes is already present, stocking is unnecessary, except for walleye and northern pike.

    Fishes of the Big Blue River Basin, Kansas|W. L. Minckley
  • The spirits of trout and salmon and bass and walleye and sunfish and pike, all the fish of lakes and streams that fed his people.

    Shaman|Robert Shea
  • Rack turned the walleye toward him, as though he could see out of it.

    The Buttoned Sky|Geoff St. Reynard

British Dictionary definitions for walleye


/ (ˈwɔːlˌaɪ) /

noun plural -eyes or -eye

a divergent squint
opacity of the cornea
an eye having a white or light-coloured iris
(in some collies) an eye that is particoloured white and blue
Also called: walleyed pike a North American pikeperch, Stizostedion vitreum, valued as a food and game fish
any of various other fishes having large staring eyes
Derived Formswalleyed, adjective

Word Origin for walleye

back formation from earlier walleyed, from Old Norse vagleygr, from vage, perhaps: a film over the eye (compare Swedish vagel sty in the eye) + -eygr -eyed, from auga eye; modern form influenced by wall
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for walleye


[ wôlī′ ]


Absence of color in the iris.
The condition of having a dense white opacity of the cornea.
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