hairy eyeball


plural hairy eyeballs
: a look expressing disapproval, disgust, or scorn
He gave me a hairy eyeball and waited for me to wilt.Cory Doctorow
Tell someone you're meeting at a tapas bar and you'll be met with hairy eyeballs. A topless bar, they'll ask? Laughter ensues as the mistake is revealed.Courtney Holland
often used with the
This place can be expensive. Indeed, when I turned in my receipts for reimbursement, I got the hairy eyeball—you spent how much at a pizza place?Dan Gigler
… Buddy Rogers refused to be in the picture if Charlie was going to be in it. He kept walking away with an attitude, giving everybody the ole hairy eyeball as he left.Amanda Walker

Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hairy eyeball was in 1963

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Cite this Entry

“Hairy eyeball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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