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

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Once recognized as a symbol of the city’s growth and achievements, the building was shuttered in the mid-1990s and deteriorated into an eyesore that was deemed unsalvageable. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena’s only skyscraper to fall July 21," 1 July 2019 His minions filed more than 70 technical reports in an effort to convince the Coastal Commission that the project would not severely impact the habitat or be a major eyesore. Steve Lopez, latimes.com, "The Edge’s plan for Malibu rock and roll colony is dead. Here’s how U2 guitarist can win new fans," 26 June 2019 To Calthorpe, its interest is not as an eyesore but as an opportunity. Andrew Moore, National Geographic, "To build the cities of the future, we must get out of our cars," 17 June 2019 The site takes up an entire city block and is an eyesore on C Street. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Settlement reached in California Theatre dispute," 11 June 2019 Popcorn ceilings can be seen as such an eyesore on an otherwise beautiful home. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "This Is The Easiest Way to Remove Popcorn Ceilings," 4 Mar. 2019 The modern aesthetic, complete with leather tote strap, puts a contemporary spin on what normally stands out as an eyesore in the home. Sunset, "These 5 Home Air Purifiers Will Help You Breathe Easier," 22 Jan. 2018 The flare stack is the kind of eyesore that raises the ire of locals. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 They could be found left in the middle of sidewalks, which could be an eyesore in a neighborhood. Fox News, "Southern Californians are tossing electric scooters into ocean, burning them: report," 13 Aug. 2018

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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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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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