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eye·​ball ˈī-ˌbȯl How to pronounce eyeball (audio)
: the more or less globular capsule of the vertebrate eye formed by the sclera and cornea together with their contained structures
eyeballs plural : people who view something (such as an advertisement)
websites competing for eyeballs


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eyeballed; eyeballing; eyeballs

transitive verb

: to look at intently especially in making an evaluation or choice
diners eyeballing the menu
eyeball the competition


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: based on observation
eyeball judgment

Examples of eyeball in a Sentence

Verb The children were eyeballing the desserts.
Recent Examples on the Web
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Hernandez eyeballed his moment in the second turn in front of 156,170 who leaned in to move closer to the glorious chaos beginning to unfold. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2024 That means some workers are eyeballing a four-decade retirement, an ambitious goal that comes with serious downsides. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 20 Mar. 2024
Godsmack plans to cover North America primarily this year, then eyeball other territories during 2024. Gary Graff, Billboard, 24 Feb. 2023 Those cross currents leave the stock market poised for a choppy start to the year as investors rely on incoming economic data and eyeball historical trends for clues. Jessica Menton, Fortune, 22 Jan. 2023 See all Example Sentences for eyeball 

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Word History

First Known Use


1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1901, in the meaning defined above


1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eyeball was in 1575

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Cite this Entry

“Eyeball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyeball. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the eye of a vertebrate

Medical Definition


eye·​ball ˈī-ˌbȯl How to pronounce eyeball (audio)
: the more or less globular capsule of the vertebrate eye formed by the sclera and cornea together with their contained structures

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