wall-eyed

walleyed

[wawl-ahyd]
adjective
1.
having eyes in which there is an abnormal amount of the white showing, because of divergent strabismus.
2.
having large, staring eyes, as some fishes.
3.
marked by excited or agitated staring of the eyes, as in fear, rage, frenzy, or the like: He stood there in walleyed astonishment.
4.
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:
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

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walleyed
c.1300, "having very light-colored eyes," also "having parti-colored eyes," wawil-eghed, from O.N. 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 1588.
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Medical Dictionary

walleyed wall·eyed (wôl'īd')
adj.

  1. Having a walleye.

  2. Affected with walleye.

  3. Having large bulging or staring eyes.

  4. Having eyes with distended pupils.

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Slang Dictionary

wall-eyed definition


  1. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated. : Who's the wall-eyed guy carrying the ham sandwich?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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