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wild-eyed

[wahyld-ahyd]
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adjective
  1. having an angry, insane, or distressed expression in the eyes.
  2. extremely irrational, senseless, or radical: a wild-eyed scheme.
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Origin of wild-eyed

First recorded in 1810–20
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  • She found Luke wild-eyed and excited, brandishing an evening paper.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

  • Here and there a Chinaman, wild-eyed, with his tail unplaited, nursed a bleeding sole.

    Typhoon

    Joseph Conrad

  • He breathed heavily, wild-eyed, while we looked at him in silence.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • He had not spoken, and now they perceived that he was haggard, pale, wild-eyed.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories

    Edward William Thomson

  • Zeke rode up to the barn door, white and wild-eyed in the twilight.

    Jewel

    Clara Louise Burnham


British Dictionary definitions for wild-eyed

wild-eyed

adjective
  1. glaring in an angry, distracted, or wild manner
  2. ill-conceived or totally impracticable
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