wall·​eye | \ ˈwȯl-ˌī How to pronounce walleye (audio) \

Definition of walleye

1a : an eye with a whitish or bluish-white iris
b : an eye with an opaque white cornea
2a : strabismus in which the eye turns outward away from the nose
b : an eye affected with strabismus of this type
3 : a large vigorous North American freshwater food and sport fish (Stizostedion vitreum) that has large opaque eyes and is related to the perches but resembles the true pike

called also walleyed pike

Examples of walleye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In my opinion largemouth are equal to walleye as table fare. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 31 July 2022 Several other freshwater fish join walleye on the list, including bluegill and the bass varieties of smallmouth and largemouth. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 Friesen’s third net near the dam on that June day contained one 15-inch walleye. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 19 July 2022 In that stretch, northerns clamped onto smaller walleye at the side of the boat five times. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 July 2022 The lake is home to brown trout, walleye, northern pike, bass and panfish. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 7 July 2022 Some fishermen are trying to catch the gold standard of a steelhead trout, smallmouth bass and walleye all in one day while fishing the rivers. cleveland, 5 May 2022 An angler from a state that proudly promotes itself as walleye heaven is king of the bass world. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Hike into the sandstone canyons or scenic bluffs via 13 miles of marked trails or fish for white bass and walleye in the Illinois River. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 19 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of walleye

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for walleye

back-formation from walleyed

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“Walleye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walleye. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for walleye


wall·​eye | \ ˈwȯl-ˌī How to pronounce walleye (audio) \

Kids Definition of walleye

: a large North American freshwater fish that has large glassy eyes and is caught for food and sport


wall·​eye | \ ˈwȯ-ˌlī How to pronounce walleye (audio) \

Medical Definition of walleye

1a : an eye with a bluish white iris
b : an eye with an opaque white cornea
2a : strabismus in which the eye turns outward away from the nose

called also exotropia

— compare cross-eye sense 1
b walleyes\ -​ˌlīz How to pronounce walleye (audio) \ plural : eyes affected with divergent strabismus

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