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

Origin of wide-eyed

First recorded in 1850–55
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Contemporary Examples of wide-eyed

Historical Examples of wide-eyed

  • Mrs. Bines, stooping, took the limp and wide-eyed Paul up in her arms.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Morning found the man haggard and worn, wide-eyed from want of sleep.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Bill stared in wide-eyed astonishment at the harsh injustice of the attack.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • “Her brother has come,” he announced to the wide-eyed Minna.

  • Yet he lay there, wide-eyed, wondering, and tormenting himself.

    People of Position

    Stanley Portal Hyatt

British Dictionary definitions for wide-eyed



innocent or credulous
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