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- dew-eyed (archaic)
- Having eyes with a moist, glistening appearance, especially as indicating that one is on the verge of crying or that one is experiencing strong emotions.
- 2000 June 12, Romesh Ratnesar, “The Victory Lap?”, in Time Europe:
- Bill Clinton has never shied away from displays of dewy-eyed, lip-biting sentimentality.
- (figuratively) Naive or innocent in the manner of a child.
- 1918, John Galsworthy, “The Apple Tree”, in Five Tales:
- At one moment he gave himself up completely to his pride at having captured this pretty, trustful, dewy-eyed thing!
- 1922, Frances Hodgson Burnett, chapter 21, in Robin:
- Dowie could scarcely have told what phrase or word at last suddenly brought up before her a picture of the nursery in the house in Mayfair—the feeling of a warm soft childish body pressed close to her knee, the look of a tender, dewy-eyed small face and the sound of a small yearning voice saying: "I want to kiss you, Dowie."
- Excessively nostalgic.
- (having eyes with a moist, glistening appearance): teary-eyed, misty-eyed
- (naive, innocent): callow, green, wet behind the ears
- “dewy-eyed”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.