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

Definition of eyesore

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

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 Among her noteworthy achievements in Carlsbad was a favorable agreement with NRG Energy and SDG&E to remove the old Encina power plant and its 400-foot smokestack, considered by many to be an eyesore, from the city’s coast. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 July 2022 While many doormats are a total eyesore for your front porch, shoppers say these mats look so nice around their homes. Nicol Natale, PEOPLE.com, 22 June 2022 Until the government decided last week that Cairo’s few remaining houseboats were an eyesore and had to be removed. Paul Schemm, Washington Post, 2 July 2022 The latest Prep Baseball Report/Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association poll was an eyesore for several Louisville teams that saw their momentum cut short during last week's Louisville Invitational Tournament. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 19 Apr. 2022 Child playmats found in the general market are a bit of an eyesore. Tiffany Leigh, Forbes, 8 June 2022 To Keyhayova, the makeshift dunk pool was an eyesore. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2022 Many people at the time, including myself, were quick to call the notch an eyesore and unbefitting of an Apple product. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 25 May 2022 Most pool heaters are large and cumbersome, but the EcoSmart Smart Pool has a compact tankless design that won’t be as much of an eyesore in your yard. Camryn Rabideau, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2022 See More

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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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11 Aug 2022

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“Eyesore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyesore. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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