: having or marked by unsophisticated or uncritical acceptance or admiration : naive
wide-eyed innocence
: having the eyes wide open especially with wonder or astonishment

Examples of wide-eyed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Georgia Aquarium, Georgia From the sea lion experience to public swims in the stingray tank and more, the wildlife encounters at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta are sure to captivate every wide-eyed visitor. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 1 Apr. 2024 No one does the blend of crime and soap quite like Murphy, and his ability to goad some of our generation’s best actors into increasingly wide-eyed theatrics remains unparalleled. Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 31 Mar. 2024 No amount of wide-eyed looks on the part of actors too talented for these films—including Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, and a lively Dan Stevens as a titan veterinarian—makes what happens exciting. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 29 Mar. 2024 The journey from being a child wide-eyed with possibility to a James Beard semifinalist was jam-packed for Epps, who is nominated in the same category as Chef Valerie Chang, whose Peruvian restaurant Maty’s was named one of the best new restaurants of 2023 by Esquire magazine and Bon Appétit. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 22 Mar. 2024 Rather, most of its business comes from regular homeowners of all ages – from gray-haired empty nesters to wide-eyed newlyweds. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 21 Mar. 2024 Bo Foxworth is amusingly wide-eyed and self-satisfied as Orgon. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2024 He’s dealt a slight disadvantage in this regard since his character is written as an over-the-top, wide-eyed optimist with colorful quirks — a Manic Pixie Dream Boy for the introverted Doom. Courtney Howard, Variety, 7 Mar. 2024 Derek didn’t actually overhear her and Mickey talking, but played along and coaxed a confession out of his duplicitous, wide-eyed girlfriend. EW.com, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wide-eyed was in 1789

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“Wide-eyed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wide-eyed. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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: having the eyes wide open especially with wonder or astonishment

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