variants or less commonly side eye
: a sidelong glance or gaze especially when expressing scorn, suspicion, disapproval, or veiled curiosity
The guy who stole your heart as the class clown can seem like just a clown out of his original context, like when people are giving him side-eye for cracking lame jokes in the hostess line.Lauren Panariello
often used with the
… the singular focus on results washes away concerns about getting the side-eye from a colleague judging you for not being in your cubicle …The Chicago Tribune
side-eye verb, transitive + intransitive
She wears clothes that would have Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope side-eyeing in envy. Kevin Fallon

Examples of side-eye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spivey is a delight as her sidekick with a masterful side-eye, a drama queen who lives to spill the tea. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 10 Jan. 2024 The Grammy winner responded to Koy’s joke with some side-eye and a sip of champagne. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Carla, who is of Polish descent and looked upon with some side-eye by a few of her fellow teachers, is sensitive to such assumptions. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2024 Bass holds his son with one arm, lifting him as Alexander turns his head to deliver a brooding side-eye look. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 12 Dec. 2023 The patriarchal artists, all mustachioed, are staring us down — except for Chavez, who gives a side-eye to Garabedian, cigarette in hand and middle finger casually extended, resting on the table. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 The change comes at a time when an increasing number of Americans are giving philanthropy the side-eye. Alex Daniels Of The Chronicle Of Philanthropy, Fortune, 23 Oct. 2023 Days before, Charli teased a very similar-sounding track with the same side-eye and skyline emoji. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 18 Oct. 2023 Unfortunately, Patricia Arquette’s debut feature fails to carve a new path through the familiar thicket of the literary coming-of-age tale, wobbling uncertainly between side-eye at the old man’s excess and sympathy for his struggle to remain relevant. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of side-eye was in 1797

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Cite this Entry

“Side-eye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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