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[ahy-bawl] /ˈaɪˌbɔl/
the ball or globe of the eye.
eyeballs, Informal. people who view or read something:
Old TV shows are getting a lot of eyeballs online.
verb (used with object)
Informal. to look at, check, or observe closely:
two opponents eyeballing each other.
give (someone) the hairy eyeball, Slang. to look at (someone) with eyelids partly lowered, as in hostility or distrust.
Origin of eyeball
1580-90; 1900-05 for def 3; eye + ball1
Related forms
eyeballer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for eyeball
  • The program could be put into these devices and operated with a mouse, tracker-ball or stylus, instead of an eyeball.
  • Or if you get sick its because you touched your eyeball in between contact with a virus and a hand washing.
  • It's certainly far from the perceived glamor and danger of eyeball-to-eyeball brinkmanship between great powers.
  • On his left pectoral is a skull with one eyeball dangling from the socket by a cord of veins.
  • Facing eyeball to eyeball is sure to provoke a fight.
  • Soon, contact lenses may be able to overlay information directly onto your eyeball.
  • One of our tasks was to look at equations and do a quick eyeball sketch.
  • So you eyeball the crowd in the restaurant, nightclub, or highway rest stop and try to figure out who's who.
  • The retina is the inner layer of the eyeball that contains photosensitive cells called rods and cones.
  • The size of your retina and your eyeball determine the width of this sight cone.
British Dictionary definitions for eyeball


the entire ball-shaped part of the eye
eyeball to eyeball, in close confrontation
(transitive) (slang) to stare at
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Word Origin and History for eyeball

also eye-ball, 1580s, from eye (n.) + ball (n.1). As a verb, 1901, American English slang. Related: Eyeballed; eyeballing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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eyeball in Medicine

eyeball eye·ball (ī'bôl')

  1. The globe-shaped portion of the eye surrounded by the socket and covered externally by the eyelids. Also called bulb of eye.

  2. The eye itself.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for eyeball



To look at; look over; scope on •An isolated instance is attested in 1901: He would eyeball the idol-breaker/ You locate trophies before they eyeball you (1940s+ Black)

Related Terms

give someone the fish-eye, up to one's eyeballs

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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