a sight for sore eyes

Definition of a sight for sore eyes

  1. :  a person or thing that someone is very glad to see After being away from home for so long, my friends and family were a sight for sore eyes.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  something that is seen :  spectacle

    :  something ludicrous or disorderly in appearance

    :  a great number or quantity

  1. :  to get or catch sight of

    :  to look at through or as if through a sight

    :  to test for straightness

  1. :  based on recognition or comprehension without previous study

    :  payable on presentation

  1. :  causing emotional pain or distress

    :  physically tender (as from overuse or injury) :  feeling or affected by pain :  achy

    :  attended by difficulties, hardship, or exertion

  1. :  a localized sore spot on the body

    :  one (as an ulcer) with the tissues ruptured or abraded and usually with infection

    :  a source of pain or vexation :  affliction

  1. :  sorely

eyeplay eyes
  1. :  a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight

    :  the nearly spherical usually paired hollow organ of sight in vertebrates that is filled with a jellylike material, is lined with a photosensitive retina, and is lodged in a bony orbit in the skull

    :  all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows

  1. :  to fix the eyes on :  look at

    :  contemplate, consider

    :  to watch or study closely

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contemplative of or relative to the past

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