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  1. with the eyes open wide, as in amazement, innocence, or sleeplessness.

Origin of wide-eyed

First recorded in 1850–55

Words Nearby wide-eyed

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How to use wide-eyed in a sentence

  • So when she looked at the window she saw only her own reflection, white and wide-eyed, above Aunt Harriet's fur neckpiece.

    The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Whereat O'Hara, having no weapon, dropped the bag, and trotted wide-eyed forward to the thronged scene of the launchings.

    The Lord of the Sea | M. P. Shiel
  • Down gazed the moon, wide-eyed and sorrowful; and still more sorrowful and sweet, upwards gazed the moons pale sister.

    Japanese Fairy Tales | Grace James
  • She was beside me in an instant, wide‑eyed with fear, which even then I could see was fear only for me.

    The Fire People | Ray Cummings
  • They stared at each other wide-eyed—but stirred by different feelings.

    The Ghost Breaker | Charles Goddard

British Dictionary definitions for wide-eyed


  1. innocent or credulous

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