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From Middle English eyed, eied, iȝed, y-yȝed, equivalent to eye +‎ -ed.



eyed (not comparable)

  1. Having eyes.
    • 1980, Earl Leitritz; Robert C[onklin] Lewis, Trout and Salmon Culture (Hatchery Methods) [California Fish Bulletin; 164], Oakland, Calif.: University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, →ISBN, page 24:
      The familiar hatchery practice of agitating the eggs after they are eyed, called shocking or addling, ruptures the yolk membranes of the ever-tender sterile eggs. The result is a precipitation of the globulin and a whitening of the egg.
  2. Having eye-like spots.
    The back of the beetle was eyed to make it appear to be a snake to a predator.
  3. (in compounds) Having the specified kind or number of eyes.
    • 1606, William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, Act IV, Scene 2, [1]
      What mean you, sir, / To give them this discomfort? Look, they weep; / And I, an ass, am onion-eyed: for shame, / Transform us not to women.
    • 1789, William Blake, The Book of Thel, II, lines 55-6, [2]
      Unseen descending weigh my light wings upon balmy flowers, / And court the fair eyed dew to take me to her shining tent.
    • 1838, Charles Dickens, chapter 39, in Oliver Twist[3]:
      That she had all the abstracted and nervous manner of one who is on the eve of some bold and hazardous step, which it has required no common struggle to resolve upon, would have been obvious to the lynx-eyed Fagin []
    • 1901 November 7, Gertrude C. Davenport and Charles C. Davenport, “Heredity of Eye-color in Man”, in Science, New Series, MacMillan, Volume 26, Number 670, page 592:
      Gray and blue-eyed parents will tend to have either gray-eyed children only or an equal number of gray- and of blue-eyed children according as the gray-eyed parent is homozygous or heterozygous.
    • 1960, Elie Wiesel, Night, translated by Stella Rodway, New York: Bantam, 1986, p. 61,
      Three victims in chains—and one of them, the little servant, the sad-eyed angel.


having a particular kind or number of eyes

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  1. simple past tense and past participle of eye


Middle EnglishEdit

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From eie +‎ -ed.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɛi̯id/, /ˈiːid/, /ˈɛi̯ɛd/, /ˈiːɛd/



  1. eyed; having (a certain type of) eye.
  2. (of cheese, rare) Having holes.