dead·​eye ˈded-ˌī How to pronounce deadeye (audio)
: a rounded wood block encircled by a rope or an iron band and having holes to receive the lanyard that is used especially to set up shrouds and stays
: an unerring marksman

Illustration of deadeye

Illustration of deadeye
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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web His deadeye shooting likely hasn’t suffered. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2021 The four goals all came within a five-minute span, starting with Greg McKegg deflection and ending with an Artemi Panarin deadeye off the post. Peter Warren, Dallas News, 12 Mar. 2022 The deadeye shooters who knock down every shot in practice. Arkansas Online, 9 Nov. 2022 Against Houston, Purdy had three deadeye, over-the-middle, in-traffic completions — to tight end Ross Dwelley (30 yards, wide receiver Jauan Jennings (26 yards) and tight end Troy Fumagalli (14 yards). Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Aug. 2022 Pullen, a sophomore, is an old-school shooting guard with a deadeye stroke who can quickly shift the momentum of a game. Bobby Narang,, 24 Jan. 2022 The Redhawks got the job done with unselfish, accurate passing and deadeye shooting. Matt Le Cren,, 22 Jan. 2022 His deadeye shooting from beyond the arc meshes well with his toughness and hard driving ability. Dolan’s second 3-pointer against Fremd (8-1), late in the third quarter, cut the lead to 41-30. Bob Narang,, 15 Dec. 2021 Swiftly brushed, the accuracy of the botanical elements suggests a shot-from-the-hip deadeye aim. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deadeye was in 1748

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“Deadeye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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