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[wawl-ahyd] /ˈwɔlˌaɪd/
having eyes in which there is an abnormal amount of the white showing, because of divergent strabismus.
having large, staring eyes, as some fishes.
marked by excited or agitated staring of the eyes, as in fear, rage, frenzy, or the like:
He stood there in walleyed astonishment.
having an eye or the eyes presenting little or no color, as the result of a light-colored or white iris or of white opacity of the cornea.
Origin of walleyed
1300-50; Middle English wawileghed, waugle eghed < Old Norse vagleygr, equivalent to vagl- (meaning uncertain; compare Icelandic vagl film over the eye) + -eygr -eyed; see eye; compare Old English waldenīge Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for wall-eyed
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  • An' all the time with no more eddication than a wall-eyed, year-ol' steer.

    Under Handicap Jackson Gregory
  • Take care, Kris, that you don't get wall-eyed during the night.

  • And lucky for you I was—or you'd be a wall-eyed mule at this very moment.

    The Brass Bottle F. Anstey
  • Did you ever see a horse with such a wall-eyed expression as he's got?

  • "Progress shouldn't be fat and wall-eyed," interposed Mr. Pottle.

  • So quit goggling and slobbering at me, you wall-eyed, slimy, fat toad.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • Ef the leetle mare hed been wall-eyed, or lame, or ennything, he wouldn't hev wanted ter be ranger an' taker-up too.

    'way Down In Lonesome Cove Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • One of them was wall-eyed; and, on an occasion when I was ill, she essayed Senta.

    Memoirs of an American Prima Donna Clara Louise Kellogg
  • Huge and lean, wall-eyed and mouthed like a pike, Herr Mayor arrived with happy nonchalance, and seated himself at the table.

    Six Women and the Invasion Gabrielle Yerta
  • The cynosure was a statue—a statue of a buck-toothed, wall-eyed youth gazing steadfastly up into the heavens.

    The Servant Problem Robert F. Young
Word Origin and History for wall-eyed



c.1300, wawil-eghed, wolden-eiged, "having very light-colored eyes," also "having parti-colored eyes," from Old Norse vagl-eygr "having speckled eyes," from vagl "speck in the eye." Meaning "having one or both eyes turned out" (and thus showing much white) is first recorded 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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wall-eyed in Medicine

walleyed wall·eyed (wôl'īd')

  1. Having a walleye.

  2. Affected with walleye.

  3. Having large bulging or staring eyes.

  4. Having eyes with distended pupils.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for wall-eyed



Writing one's name on a wall as a form of personal advertising (1990s+ California street gangs)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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