eye·​sore ˈī-ˌsȯr How to pronounce eyesore (audio)
: 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 The debate rages on: Some praise it as a spontaneous art happening that highlights the city’s housing crisis; others denounce it as vandalism and crime run amok, not to mention a massive eyesore. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Feb. 2024 Last year, an overhaul of the old Harrah’s Reno hotel and casino stalled, leaving a giant eyesore. Ken Belson, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Unlike some bulky clip-on fans, this one has a sleek design that won’t be an eyesore in your bedroom. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Feb. 2024 Advertisement Instead, the buildings have sat unfinished and have become an eyesore in the popular L.A. Live complex, which includes numerous restaurants and shops as well as the Grammy Museum. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 Far from being an eyesore, this hamper boasts lightweight yet sturdy bamboo slats built to endure for years. Hannah Rice, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 Any similar eyesores in Europe or the US may strengthen calls from conservative politicians to roll back aid for the industry, with key elections coming up in the US and Europe in 2024. Monica Raymunt, Fortune, 22 Dec. 2023 At some point, TV vendors were convinced (or wanted to convince people) that expensive, big-screen TVs are an eyesore. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 16 Jan. 2024 For years, many residents in Alto Hospicio saw the piles of textiles as more of an opportunity than an eyesore or environmental threat, something that supported the local economy. Julia Shipley, WIRED, 13 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eyesore was in 1530

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“Eyesore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyesore. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


eye·​sore ˈī-ˌsōr How to pronounce eyesore (audio)
: something displeasing to the sight

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