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[ahy-sawr, ahy-sohr] /ˈaɪˌsɔr, ˈaɪˌsoʊr/
something unpleasant to look at:
The run-down house was an eyesore to the neighbors.
Origin of eyesore
1250-1300; Middle English; see eye, sore Unabridged
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Examples from the web for eyesore
  • And while it is certainly big, it is neither eyesore nor blunder.
  • There's a lot of fuss made of wind turbines being an eyesore for people.
  • Its design and placement make it an eyesore from every direction.
  • The building has been vacant about three years, becoming an eyesore in a bustling area, the story says.
  • The old, small turbines were a noisy eyesore because so many of them were needed.
  • Others simply find wind turbines ugly, an eyesore in any location.
  • Your neighbors sees you not fixing the eyesore that the seller with a gun forced you to buy.
  • Small vertical axis generators would be less obtrusive, and less of an eyesore and also less noisy.
  • Though an eyesore, telephone lines strung on poles dry out fast enough naturally once the rain ceases.
  • Wind turbines, for example, are an eyesore on open spaces and wilderness.
British Dictionary definitions for eyesore


something very ugly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for eyesore

"something offensive to the eye," 1520s, from eye (n.) + sore (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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