Definitions and meaning of eye
- enPR: ī, IPA(key): /aɪ/
- Rhymes: -aɪ
- Homophones: ay, aye, I
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.
The uncommon plural form eyen is from Middle English eyen, from Old English ēagan, nominative and accusative plural of Old English ēage (“eye”).
eye (plural eyes or (obsolete or dialectal) eyen)
- An organ through which animals see (perceive surroundings via light).
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:eye
- Hyponym: ocellus
- The visual sense.
- The iris of the eye, being of a specified colour.
- Attention, notice.
- The ability to notice what others might miss.
- Synonym: perceptiveness
- A meaningful stare or look.
- A private eye: a privately hired detective or investigator.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tinge; shade of colour.
- 1664, Robert Boyle, Experiments and Considerations Touching Colours
- Red with an eye of blue makes a purple.
- 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.
See eye/translations § Noun.
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eye (third-person singular simple present eyes, present participle eyeing or eying, simple past and past participle eyed)
- (transitive) To carefully or appraisingly observe (someone or something).
- 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.
- Synonym: gaze (poetic)
- (intransitive, obsolete) To appear; to look.
Probably from rebracketing of a nye as an eye.
eye (plural eyes)
- A brood.
- an eye of pheasants
From Old English eġe, from Proto-West Germanic *agi, from Proto-Germanic *agaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂égʰos. Doublet of awe.
- eie, eȝe, eȝȝe, eyȝe, eiȝe
- (Early ME) IPA(key): /ˈejə/
- IPA(key): /ˈɛi̯(ə)/
- Rhymes: -ɛi̯(ə)
- awe, reverence, worshipfulness
- horror, panic
- that which creates reverence; the exercise of power
- that which incites awe
- that which incites terror
- eifulle (rare)
- eiliche (rare)
- “eie, n.(2).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-11.
- Alternative form of eie
- very, of course, emphatic adverb
- Brewer, Forrest; Brewer, Jean G., 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, 1962, published 1971, page 126
- (third-person singular pronoun)
- the organ of sight.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)