From Middle English eye, eie, yë, eighe, eyghe, yȝe, eyȝe, from Old English ēage (“eye”), from Proto-West Germanic *augā, from Proto-Germanic *augô (“eye”) (compare Scots ee, West Frisian each, Dutch oog, German Auge, Norwegian Bokmål øye, Norwegian Nynorsk auga, Swedish öga), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃okʷ-, *h₃ekʷ- (“eye; to see”).
See also Latin oculus (whence English oculus), Lithuanian akìs, Old Church Slavonic око (oko), Albanian sy, Ancient Greek ὀφθαλμός (ophthalmós, “eye”), Armenian ակն (akn), Avestan 𐬀𐬱𐬌 (aši, “eyes”), Sanskrit अक्षि (ákṣi). Related to ogle.
- An organ through which animals see (perceive surroundings via light).
- 2013 July-August, Fenella Saunders, “Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture”, in American Scientist:
- The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.
- Bright lights really hurt my eyes.
- The visual sense.
- The car was quite pleasing to the eye, but impractical.
- The iris of the eye, being of a specified colour.
- Brown, blue, green, hazel eyes.
- Natalie's brown eyes looked into Jim's blue eyes, and the girl and boy flirted.
- Attention, notice.
- That dress caught her eye.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
- In the eyes of Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke the apotheosis of the Celebrity was complete. The people of Asquith were not only willing to attend the house-warming, but had been worked up to the pitch of eagerness. The Celebrity as a matter of course was master of ceremonies.
- The ability to notice what others might miss.
- Synonym: perceptiveness
- He has an eye for talent.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.
- A meaningful stare or look.
- A private eye: a privately hired detective or investigator.
- 2003, Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Random House, →ISBN, page 199:
- Far more annoying were the letters from parents of missing daughters and the private detectives who had begun showing up at his door. Independently of each other, the Cigrand and Conner families had hired “eyes” to search for their missing daughters.
- A hole at the blunt end of a needle through which thread is passed.
- The oval hole of an axehead through which the axehandle is fitted.
- 1856 October 18, The People's Advocate and New South Wales Vindicator, page 6:
- [H]e struck the Duffer a sharp blow on the back of the head with the eye of the axe, and left him stunned and senseless on the earth[.]
- A fitting consisting of a loop of metal or other material, suitable for receiving a hook or the passage of a cord or line.
- Synonym: eyelet
- The relatively clear and calm center of a hurricane or other cyclonic storm.
- A mark on an animal, such as a peacock or butterfly, resembling a human eye.
- The dark spot on a black-eyed pea.
- A reproductive bud in a potato.
- (informal) The dark brown center of a black-eyed Susan flower.
- A loop forming part of anything, or a hole through anything, to receive a rope, hook, pin, shaft, etc. — e.g. at the end of a tie bar in a bridge truss; through a crank; at the end of a rope; or through a millstone.
- That which resembles the eye in relative importance or beauty.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene vii]:
- the very eye of that proverb
- 1671, John Milton, Paradise Regained, Book IV:
- Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts
- Tinge; shade of colour.
- 1664, Robert Boyle, Experiments and Considerations Touching Colours
- Red with an eye of blue makes a purple.
- 1664, Robert Boyle, Experiments and Considerations Touching Colours
- One of the holes in certain kinds of cheese.
- (architecture) The circle in the centre of a volute.
- (typography) The enclosed counter (negative space) of the small letter e.
- (game of Go) An empty point or group of points surrounded by one player's stones.
- (usually in the plural) View or opinion.
- This victory will make us great in the eyes of the world.
- all eyes
- an eye for an eye
- believe one's eyes
- better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick
- bird's-eye view
- blackeye, black eye
- bull's-eye, bullseye
- cat's eye
- electric eye
- evil eye
- eyebrow pencil
- eye-catcher, eyecatcher
- eye level
- eye of the beholder
- eye of the storm
- eye patch
- eye pencil
- eyes down
- eye shadow, eyeshadow
- eyes in the boat
- eye socket
- eyes on the prize
- eye tooth
- eye up
- eye wash
- feast one's eyes
- fish-eye, fish eye
- fish-eye lens
- for your eyes only
- give the eye
- goo-goo eyes
- hand-eye coordination
- have eyes for
- have one's eye on
- have one's eye out
- here's mud in your eye
- hook and eye
- in the blink of an eye
- keep an eye on
- keep an eye out
- keep one's eye on the ball
- keep one's eyes peeled
- lazy eye
- magic eye
- make eyes at
- mind's eye
- more than meets the eye
- one in the eye for
- private eye
- public eye
- puppy dog eyes
- Red Eye
- red-eye, redeye
- roving eye
- see eye to eye
- seeing-eye dog
- shut-eye, shuteye
- sight for sore eyes
- stink eye
- take one's eye off the ball
- Sranan Tongo: ai
- (transitive) To observe carefully or appraisingly.
- After eyeing the document for half an hour, she decided not to sign it.
- They went out and eyed the new car one last time before deciding.
- 1859, Fraser's Magazine (volume 60, page 671)
- Each downcast monk in silence takes / His place a newmade grave around, / Each one his brother sadly eying.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To appear; to look.
- c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iii]:
- My becomings kill me, when they do not eye well to you.
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Probably from rebracketing of a nye as an eye.
eye (plural eyes)
- A brood.
- an eye of pheasants
- awe, reverence, worshipfulness
- horror, panic
- that which creates reverence; the exercise of power
- that which incites awe
- that which incites terror
- English: ey (obsolete)
- Alternative form of
- Brewer, Forrest; Brewer, Jean G. (1962) Vocabulario mexicano de Tetelcingo, Morelos: Castellano-mexicano, mexicano-castellano (Serie de vocabularios indígenas Mariano Silva y Aceves; 8) (in Spanish), México, D.F.: El Instituto Lingüístico de Verano en coordinación con la Secretaría de Educación Pública a través de la Dirección General de Internados de Enseñanza Primaria y Educación Indígena, published 1971, page 126
- (third-person singular pronoun)