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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

Example Sentences

Verb The children were eyeballing the desserts.
Recent Examples on the Web
The term and technique were coined by Betina Goldstein, the same talented nail artist who brought us the viral eyeball manicure with 3D eyelashes. Fiona Embleton, Glamour, 6 Feb. 2023 The messages included eyeball and devil emojis and the woman’s address. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 20 Jan. 2023 Internal sensors automatically adjust the 8K visuals (4K for each eyeball) to fit users’ unique facial features. WIRED, 7 Jan. 2023 Pick up a box of eyeball chocolate truffles or the Butterfinger Collection — designed to resemble actual fingers. Carla Mccanna, Dallas News, 24 Oct. 2022 That’s why the father of Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer’s characters drops dead off his horse and ends up with one eyeball totally obliterated. Vulture, 9 June 2022 In myopia, either the optical power of the lens is too strong or the eyeball is too long. Sarah Anderson, Discover Magazine, 27 Jan. 2022 When Cook ran into him there, Ferrara called the executive editor over to eyeball the photos on his screen. Sarah Ellison, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2022 The brow and eyeball look like an ancient Egyptian person, complete with a cosmetic eyeliner streak extending from the outer corner. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 9 Oct. 2020
My Family’s Peach Cobbler Recipe (Don’t be afraid to eyeball it. Essence, 23 Nov. 2022 Don’t eyeball it — use measuring cups and spoons and level them off with the flat side of a knife. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 16 Apr. 2022 Download apps, such as GasBuddy, Gas Guru, and AAA, for free to eyeball the going rate. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 1 Mar. 2022 Don't eyeball your cocktail ingredients Just as with baking, precision makes a difference in a lot of craft cocktails. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 11 Jan. 2022 How might an analyst begin to eyeball the riches up for grabs? Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2021 With a rise in offers of bogus vaccination cards, vendors will have to eyeball each one for forgeries. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Aug. 2021 With a rise in offers of bogus vaccination proof around the world, some California campuses, including San Francisco State University, have hired vendors to eyeball each card for signs of anything amiss. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Aug. 2021 So when the researchers then took DyRET outside onto novel terrain, the robot could eyeball the ground with its camera and sense the give beneath its feet with the force sensors. Matt Simon, Wired, 15 Mar. 2021
Lean into the season even more with eyeball ice cubes that can be frozen the night before. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2022 From eyeball digging and pumpkin bowling to spooky musical chairs and pumpkin golf, these fun ideas are great for all ages. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 5 Oct. 2022 This kit comes with 121 balloons — a mix of black, orange and eyeball balloons — which is more than enough to build a statement-making Halloween balloon arch. Larry Stansbury, Good Housekeeping, 28 Sep. 2022 Sure, in some locales there is an eyeball war that takes place. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Not that the Spartans aren’t already eyeball deep in it, with their annual nonconference gauntlet slowly coming to an end. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 7 Dec. 2021 An assortment of artwork on the walls, ranging from an eyeball abstract and alligator collage to photos of buoys and herons. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 18 Aug. 2021 The eyeball view through the windshield was a different story, with darkness providing an effective camouflage. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 25 Oct. 2020 Parents in Berkeley, California, may soon be spared having their kids at eyeball level with candy and other sugar-laden temptations waiting in the checkout lines of the city's larger retail stores. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 25 Sep. 2020 See More

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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 8 Feb. 2023.

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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