eye·​sore | \ ˈī-ˌsȯr How to pronounce eyesore (audio) \

Definition of eyesore

: something offensive to view the old factory has become an eyesore

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Examples of eyesore in a Sentence

The shack is a real eyesore. the old abandoned house was a neighborhood eyesore
Recent Examples on the Web The living room's stone wall was an eyesore from day one. Lisa Mowry, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 May 2021 The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture in Boston is resurrecting its PaintBox program, where creators of all levels can receive a $500 stipend to transform an electrical eyesore into an artistic marvel. BostonGlobe.com, 9 May 2021 Store your patio cushions, gardening tools and pool equipment in this deck box that’s spacious enough to hold all your outdoor gear, without being an eyesore. Ariel Scotti, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Here’s the plan: Two sleek and modern 35-story towers would rise on the east side of Young Circle where an eyesore of a strip shopping center now sits as part of an ambitious project planned by BTI Partners. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, 4 May 2021 In the meantime, adding the sculptures prevents the vacant lot from becoming an eyesore in the neighborhood. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2021 And while many accessories like these prioritize function over fashion, these modern, streamlined pieces from Away offer comfort without adding an eyesore to your otherwise fashionable travel ensemble. Travel + Leisure, 9 Apr. 2021 The concrete skirt remained around the hole, which was an eyesore filled with weeds. oregonlive, 5 Apr. 2021 As the giant eyesore hovers above their houses and fields, some residents of Manshiyet Rugola and neighboring villages are angry at the disruption to their lives. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of eyesore

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eyesore was in 1530

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31 May 2021

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“Eyesore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyesore. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eyesore

: an ugly object or building


eye·​sore | \ ˈī-ˌsȯr How to pronounce eyesore (audio) \

Kids Definition of eyesore

: something that looks ugly That empty building is an eyesore.

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