- 1 [countable] either of the two organs on the face that you see with The suspect has dark hair and green eyes. to close/open your eyes to drop/lower your eyes (= to look down) There were tears in his eyes. I have something in my eye. His eyes narrowed suspiciously. Her eyes widened in horror. to make/avoid eye contact with somebody (= to look/avoid looking at them at the same time as they look at you) All eyes were on him (= everyone was looking at him) as he walked on to the stage. CollocationsPhysical appearance A person may be described as having:Eyes (bright) blue/green/(dark/light) brown/hazel eyes deep-set/sunken/bulging/protruding eyes small/beady/sparkling/twinkling/(informal) shifty eyes piercing/penetrating/steely eyes bloodshot/watery/puffy eyes bushy/thick/dark/raised/arched eyebrows long/dark/thick/curly/false eyelashes/lashesFace a flat/bulbous/pointed/sharp/snub nose a straight/a hooked/a Roman/(formal) an aquiline nose full/thick/thin/pouty lips dry/chapped/cracked lips flushed/rosy/red/ruddy/pale cheeks soft/chubby/sunken cheeks white/perfect/crooked/protruding teeth a large/high/broad/wide/sloping forehead a strong/weak/pointed/double chin a long/full/bushy/wispy/goatee beard a long/thin/bushy/droopy/handlebar/pencil moustache/ (especially US English) mustacheHair and skin pale/fair/olive/dark/tanned skin dry/oily/smooth/rough/leathery/wrinkled skin a dark/pale/light/sallow/ruddy/olive/swarthy/clear complexion deep/fine/little/facial wrinkles blonde/blond/fair/(light/dark) brown/(jet-)black/auburn/red/(British English) ginger/grey hair straight/curly/wavy/frizzy/spiky hair thick/thin/fine/bushy/thinning hair dyed/bleached/soft/silky/dry/greasy/shiny hair long/short/shoulder-length/cropped hair a bald/balding/shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/spot a side/centre/(US English) center (British English) parting/ (North American English) partBody a long/short/thick/slender/(disapproving) scrawny neck broad/narrow/sloping/rounded/hunched shoulders a bare/broad/muscular/small/large chest a flat/swollen/bulging stomach a small/tiny/narrow/slim/slender/28-inch waist big/wide/narrow/slim hips a straight/bent/arched/broad/hairy back thin/slender/muscular arms big/large/small/manicured/calloused/gloved hands long/short/fat/slender/delicate/bony fingers long/muscular/hairy/shapely/(both informal, often disapproving) skinny/spindly legs muscular/chubby/(informal, disapproving) flabby thighs big/little/small/dainty/wide/narrow/bare feet a good/a slim/a slender/an hourglass figure be of slim/medium/average/large/athletic/stocky build see also black eye, compound eye, lazy eye, shut-eye See related entries: Face
- 2-eyed (in adjectives) having the type or number of eyes mentioned a blue-eyed blonde a one-eyed monster More Like This Compound adjectives for physical characteristics -beaked, -bellied, -billed, -blooded, -bodied, -cheeked, -chested, -eared, -eyed, -faced, -fingered, -footed, -haired, -handed, -headed, -hearted, -hipped, -lidded, -limbed, -mouthed, -necked, -nosed, -skinned, -tailed, -throated, -toothedSee worksheet. ability to see
- 3 [singular] the ability to see A surgeon needs a good eye and a steady hand. see also eagle eye way of seeing
- 4[countable, usually singular] a particular way of seeing something He looked at the design with the eye of an engineer. She viewed the findings with a critical eye. To my eye, the windows seem out of proportion. of needle
- 5[countable] the hole in the end of a needle that you put the thread through on clothes
- 6[countable] a small thin piece of metal curved round, that a small hook fits into, used for fastening clothes It fastens with a hook and eye. of storm
- 7[singular] the eye of a/the storm, tornado, hurricane, etc. a calm area at the centre of a storm, etc. See related entries: Natural disasters on potato
- 8[countable] a dark mark on a potato from which another plant will grow see also bullseye, Catseye™, evil eye, fisheye lens, red-eye Word Origin Old English ēage, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch oog and German Auge.Extra examples A movement in the reeds caught my eye. As my eyes accustomed to the darkness, I could make out a shape by the window. Before our very eyes, the bird snatched the fish from the plate and flew off. Could you keep an eye on my bag for a moment? Could you keep an eye on my bag while I go to the toilet? From the moment he set eyes on her he knew that he wanted to marry her. He couldn’t keep his eyes off the girl sitting opposite him. He drew the curtains to make sure no prying eyes saw what he was doing. He held up the newspaper to shield his eyes from the sun. He let his eyes roam around the scene. He looked at me with a twinkle in his eye. He pictured the scene in his mind’s eye. He saw his students with new eyes now that he had a child of his own. He screwed up his eyes against the glare of the sun. He seemed unwilling to meet my eye. He turned his eyes to the door when he heard the handle turning. Her bleary eyes showed that she hadn’t slept. Her eye caught mine. Her eyes danced with amusement. Her eyes dilated with horror at what she had done. Her eyes dropped to her lap as she answered. Her eyes flew open in surprise. Her eyes glazed over when I said I worked in dictionaries. Her eyes prickled with unshed tears. Her eyes squinted against the brightness. Her eyes told me nothing. Her skill at working with wood is coupled to a keen eye for design. His eyes blazed with menace. His eyes bulged in fury. His eyes crinkled up at the corners as he smiled. His eyes darted from face to face. His eyes drifted over to Helen’s chair. His eyes hardened as he remembered how they had laughed at him. His eyes held a mischievous gleam. His eyes never left mine. His eyes reflected his anguish. His eyes rounded in mock amazement. His eyes scanned the room as he entered. His eyes were drawn to a bundle of papers in the corner. His eyes were wide with horror. His narrow eyes betrayed his impatience. I cast my eyes around the room but couldn’t see any familiar faces. I didn’t want to strain my eyes to read, so I put the light on. I knew he was lying because he wouldn’t make eye contact with me. I walked around the store, keeping an eye out for bargains. I want you under my eye. If I hadn’t seen his jump with my own eyes, I would never have believed it possible. In the eyes of the law his knife was an offensive weapon. It fastens with a hook and eye. It is essential to wear some form of eye protection. My eyes followed his every move. My eyes strained to make anything out in the darkness. My eyes stream when I chop onions. My eyes took in every detail as I entered the house for the first time in twenty years. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Harry start forward. Rapid eye movements frequently accompany dreaming. She averted her eyes from his face. She can do no wrong in his eyes. She could feel the old lady’s eyes bore into her. She just looked at me with those big blue eyes of hers. She laughed, her eyes alight with excitement. She looked her father straight in the eye and answered his question truthfully. She reached up and tried to gouge her attacker’s eyes. She responded softly, her eyes showing concern. She rolled her eyes heavenward when she saw what her husband was wearing. She rolled her eyes in disgust. She tried the door, her eyes rolling in panic. She tried to sit up, her eyes fixed on Jean’s face. Skiers wear goggles to protect their eyes from the sun. The children’s eagle eyes spotted an ice-cream seller half a mile away. The doctor gave me eye drops to put in three times a day. The dog’s hungry eyes were on my sandwich. The government is keeping a close eye on the economy. The planet should be visible to the naked eye. The series has plenty of eye candy. The store detective had his eye on a group of boys who were acting suspiciously. The sun was in my eyes and I couldn’t see the road. The team went through their paces under their trainer’s critical eye. The tide was out, leaving nothing but mud as far as the eye could see. Their eyes locked together in a battle of wills. There were tears in his eyes as he spoke. Tina squeezed her eyes shut and bit her lip. To an expert eye, the painting is an obvious fake. To my eye, the windows seem out of proportion. Tom fell in love the moment he laid eyes on her. You need to look at your website through the user’s eyes. Your computer screen should be at eye level so that you can work with your neck straight.Idioms a person or thing that is loved more than any other She is the apple of her father's eye. to the horizon (= where the sky meets the land or sea) The bleak moorland stretched on all sides as far as the eye could see. to open and close your eyes quickly, in a way that is supposed to be attractive to be watching somebody/something carefully and with a lot of interest The kids were all eyes as he slowly unwrapped the package. (saying) people all have different ideas about what is beautiful in somebody’s presence; in front of somebody He had seen his life's work destroyed before his very eyes. to have a lot of something to deal with We're up to our eyes in work. a view of something from a high position looking down From the plane we had a bird’s eye view of Manhattan. to look at or examine something quickly Could you just run your eyes over this report? to attract somebody’s attention Can you catch the waiter's eye? (informal) (usually used in negative sentences) to see somebody/something I haven't clapped eyes on them for weeks. I hope I never set eyes on this place again! to look at or listen to somebody/something carefully and with a lot of attention (informal) pleasant to listen to or look at The room was painted in soft pastels that were easy on the eye. (old-fashioned, informal) used to show that you do not believe somebody/something ‘It's an antique.’ ‘An antique, my eye!’ (saying) used to say that you should punish somebody by doing to them what they have done to you or to somebody else They advocate a justice system that works on the principle of an eye for an eye. used to say that somebody has been greedy by taking more food than they can eat to look at somebody/something and get great pleasure to be seen only by a particular person I'll lend you the letters but they're for your eyes only. (British English) (in ball games) to practise so that you are able to judge more clearly how fast and where the ball is going to be able to judge if things look attractive, valuable, etc. I've never had much of an eye for fashion. She has an eye for a bargain.
- 1 to be watching somebody carefully, especially to check that they do not do anything wrong And remember, I'll have my eye on you so you'd better behave.
- 2to be thinking about asking somebody out, offering somebody a job, etc. because you think they are attractive, good at their job, etc. He's got his eye on the new girl in your class.
- 1[transitive, intransitive] if you meet somebody’s eye(s), you look directly at them as they look at you; if two people’s eyes meet, they look directly at each other She was afraid to meet my eye. Their eyes met across the crowded room. She met his gaze without flinching.
- 2[transitive] meet somebody’s eye(s) your eyes if a sight meets your eyes, you see it A terrible sight met their eyes.
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in somebody’s opinion or according to the way that they see the situation She can do no wrong in her father's eyes. To Western eyes, it may seem that the city is overcrowded. according to the law, most people in the world, etc. In the eyes of the law she is guilty though few ordinary people would think so. well known to many people through newspapers and television She doesn't want her children growing up in the public eye. very quickly synonym instant (1) Suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye, her whole life had been turned upside down. to watch somebody/something carefully Over the next few months we will keep a close eye on sales. to be quick to notice or hear things to take care of somebody/something and make sure that they are not harmed, damaged, etc. We've asked the neighbours to keep an eye on the house for us while we are away. to continue to give your attention to what is most important to look for somebody/something while you are doing other things Police have asked residents to keep an eye out for anything suspicious. to look carefully for somebody/something We kept our eyes peeled for any signs of life. to watch somebody/something carefully in case you need to take action Keep a weather eye on your competitors. (usually used in negative sentences and questions) to look straight at somebody without feeling embarrassed or ashamed Can you look me in the eye and tell me you're not lying? I'll never be able to look her in the face again! to look at somebody in a way that shows that you find them sexually attractive He's definitely giving you the eye!
(informal) to show no surprise or embarrassment when something unusual happens She didn't bat an eyelid when I told her my news. (informal) to be very surprised at something you hear/see I couldn't believe my eyes when she walked in. (humorous) used to say that everyone was very emotional about something There wasn't a dry eye in the house when they announced their engagement. to not share the same views as somebody about something The two of them have never seen eye to eye on politics. to find somebody/something so interesting, attractive, etc. that you watch them all the time (informal) a result, action, etc. that represents a defeat or disappointment for somebody/something The appointment of a woman was one in the eye for male domination. to be in love with only one particular person He's only ever had eyes for his wife. to realize or make somebody realize the truth about something Travelling really opens your eyes to other cultures. to be very attractive to look at (informal) to try to trick somebody; to hide your real actions or intentions from somebody to think about or see something the way that another person sees it Try looking at it through her eyes for a change. Events are seen through the eyes of a Polish refugee. to see something by accident or not very clearly because you see it from the side of your eye and are not looking straight at it Out of the corner of her eye, she saw him coming closer. to pretend that you have not noticed something so that you do not have to deal with it You can't just close your eyes to his violence. They seem intent on shutting their eyes to the problems of pollution. (informal) a person or thing that you are pleased to see; something that is very pleasant to look at to stop giving your attention to what is most important a person or thing is more complicated or interesting than you might think at first to pretend not to notice something bad that is happening, so you do not have to do anything about it The authorities were either unaware of the problem or they turned a blind eye to it. being watched carefully by somebody The children played under the watchful eye of their father. (saying) if a person does not know about something that they would normally disapprove of, then it cannot hurt them What does it matter if I use his flat while he’s away? What the eye doesn’t see…! (British English, usually disapproving) with the hope of using a particular situation in order to gain some advantage for yourself fully aware of the possible problems or results of a particular course of action I went into this with my eyes open so I guess I only have myself to blame. having enough experience to be able to do something easily I've made this trip so often, I could do it with my eyes shut. with the intention of doing something He bought the warehouse with an eye to converting it into a hotel.