Definition of beady in English:



  • 1(of a person's eyes) small, round, and gleaming.

    ‘she blinks her blue beady eyes’
    • ‘Careful brushstrokes detail a beady eye, feathers, beak and claws.’
    • ‘We strolled half the length of the lake to locate a party of mallards, in a vain attempt to avoid catching the beady eyes of the Canada geese.’
    • ‘It had extremely beady eyes and in our effort to scare it away we completely missed the object of this bird's desire. It was nothing other than a piece of bacon from one of the rolls.’
    • ‘The blackbird in question is perched on a painted branch above the stairs, looking down with a beady eye on a mural which commemorates many of the Chip's staff and regulars.’
    • ‘Plucked from the depths of the ocean, grabbed by the gloved hand of a trawlerman, examined with a beady eye and then chucked over a shoulder back into the sea.’
    • ‘His black, beady eyes glared at her behind wrinkled cheeks and a round nose.’
    • ‘Fully awake and with the beady eyes that only the over consumption of coffee can bring, I still failed to notice the additional security we are supposed to be enjoying.’
    • ‘It was so close that I could finally see its black beady eye.’
    • ‘Tall and gangly, with a long nose and beady eyes, he was self-conscious about his appearance and despaired of ever being loved.’
    • ‘These cast a gravestone-like shadow on the slope behind, and you are aware of the bright beady red eyes of shrimps in the folds of the sponges glint back at you like cat's eyes.’
    • ‘Pretty girls glide on rollerskates under the beady eye of Isabel Vendle, an ageing single woman of means who promises to be some kind of Miss Haversham character.’
    • ‘And then there are laser beams and death stars and funny looking creatures with beady eyes that hide in sand dunes.’
    • ‘Remember, the next bird that sets its cold beady eyes on you, might be the last thing you ever see.’
    • ‘She was small and plump with frosted hair and dark beady eyes.’
    • ‘They have beady eyes, big noses and enormous pot bellies.’
    • ‘Now he rubs his beady eyes in sheer confusion at the wilfulness of his charges (ie, us), who simply refuse to listen to common sense anymore.’
    • ‘And even as I am relating this story I know you are looking upon me with great anger in your squinty, beady eyes.’
    • ‘One moves, they all move, the box shaking and quacking with little beady eyes peeking through the air holes.’
    • ‘Hanging around between the pylons were huge shoals of fish, seemingly unfazed by our presence, happy to let us swim by and follow us en masse with one beady eye.’
    • ‘THREE TINY girls in pink with big beady eyes can these days be seen running around school corridors in Delhi.’
    1. 1.1 Bright and keenly observant.
      ‘I shall certainly keep a beady eye on this development’
      ‘a beady-eyed observer’
      • ‘The redoubtable Mainland has kept a beady eye on proceedings at the George Street fringe venue for eight festivals, but feels it is about time to move on.’
      • ‘He has been casting a beady eye on the internationalists here.’
      • ‘The expression was taut, fiery even, and it seemed ready to pounce - - the eyes beady, observant.’
      • ‘She kept a beady eye and a tight rein on the media.’
      • ‘Neo-conservatism is the movement which cast a beady eye at progressive politics and cried that the emperor had no clothes.’
      • ‘Not content with that, David has been keeping his beady eyes open for another bargain and today came across it.’
      • ‘The constant pressure to write can be exhausting, as can the need to keep a beady eye on the discussions for inappropriate or libellous comments.’
      • ‘What I did do, I noticed, was to keep a very beady eye on him from across the room: waiting to see what kind of man he fastened his attentions on this time.’
      • ‘It's far worse; they're simply tacky rip-off merchants with a beady eye for the good earner.’
      • ‘Madam turned her beady, hawk-like gaze on the woman, waiting for her to speak.’
      • ‘Investigators are focusing their beady eyes on long-haul truckers, because we all know how those guys like to whiz in jugs.’
      • ‘Even the emus are entrancing until they fix you with their beady stares.’
      • ‘After my Irish experience, I began keeping a beady eye on our local 20-somethings.’
      • ‘Then I take off at a jog across the tilled field, carefully avoiding the search tower spotlights which sweep the area under the beady eye of the armed guards.’
      • ‘She felt his beady little eyes staring down at her and his sly lips curved into a smile.’
      • ‘Emilia turned her around and fixed her with a beady stare.’
      • ‘That means it will fall under the beady eye of the chief inspector, whose remit is to provide an impartial and independent view of conditions in all of Scotland's prisons.’
      • ‘Her eyes stared like a laser beam at the paintings, almost melting them with her beady stare.’
      • ‘From the initial call, entries were slashed down to twenty hopefuls who then developed their screenplays under the beady eyes of hardened professionals.’
      • ‘Her head hovered over Anna with tight lips and beady stare.’
      keen, perceptive, observant, acute, sharp-sighted, hawklike
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