: an eye staring and bulging (as from excitement)
pop-eyed adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But this time, the lace-up sneaker that appears to be of the Vans variety is popping eyes and sparking a debate. Ashley Hoffman, Time, 14 Oct. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

back-formation from pop-eyed

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pop eye was in 1828

Dictionary Entries Near pop eye

Cite this Entry

“Pop eye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pop%20eye. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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