eye roll


variants or less commonly eye-roll
plural eye rolls also eye-rolls
: an upward turning of the eyes especially as an expression of annoyance, exasperation, disbelief, etc. : an instance of rolling the eyes
Historically, anyone who dares to give pro athletes mental advice—be they M.D.s, psychologists or shamans—often gets the eye roll or the pat on the back.Jaimal Yogis
Contempt, one of the emotions Gottman watches for at the Love Lab, is detectable through the … buccinator, which pulls the lip corners to the side and creates a distinctly uncute dimple; it's often combined with an upward eye roll.Casey Greenfield
His stories always took their time, his daughter said, and usually some winding turns, too. His family's eye-rolls only made him go slower.Peter Schworm
"Mom!" She gave me the parents-are-weird eye-roll. The truth is, though, she's proud of me.Katha Pollitt

Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eye roll was in 1928

Dictionary Entries Near eye roll

Cite this Entry

“Eye roll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eye%20roll. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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