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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Fashion has cozied up to the ugly aesthetic in the past, most notable in the late 1990s when Prada rose to prominence with its eyesore prints and murky colors. Robin Givhan, The Seattle Times, "Are designers trolling us with ‘ugly’ fashion — or is it us?," 6 Aug. 2018 The Howard Theatre, at 620 T St. NW, was an eyesore for years following the 1968 riots, despite a historic landmark designation and a gilded past hosting the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and James Brown. Jonathan O'connell, Washington Post, "District suit alleges mismanagement at Howard Theatre," 8 Mar. 2018 Mosley said that the street across from her church had become an eyesore over the last year, cluttered with trash and sewage dumped by people living there in campers and buses. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "As businesses cite blight, overnight RV parking bans on L.A. streets grow — and the homeless scramble," 15 Mar. 2018 Dark stores are large commercial buildings that are closed for business but remain standing, and that can eventually become eyesores. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "South Euclid Council says no to Burger King drive-thru," 13 Mar. 2018 But for critics perhaps the biggest eyesore is the giant bronze statue at the entrance showing a striding Nestor Kirchner, the first secretary-general of the bloc. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "South America bloc’s woes leave architectural gem forlorn," 8 Jan. 2019 Recently, products like Google OnHub and eero have taken note and come out with more aesthetic devices that are aimed at removing the eyesore and improving the speed of your home's WiFi. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Meet the New Way to Make Your WiFi Faster — And More Secure," 5 Nov. 2015 Grand Avenue seems a popular target among those nominating eyesores in Phoenix. Parker Leavitt, azcentral, "Readers' picks: Worst Phoenix eyesores of 2015," 4 Nov. 2015 The design proves, though, that there's no longer a good reason for a portable generator to be an eyesore. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "Turns Out, Hand-Crank Chargers Don't Have to Be Ugly," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of eyesore

1530, in the meaning defined above

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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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