Definition of black eye in English:

black eye


  • 1An area of bruised skin around the eye resulting from a blow.

    ‘he had fouled three players, giving one of them a black eye’
    • ‘Long gone are the days when rows involved only fisticuffs during which the most serious damage to be inflicted was a black eye or a bloody nose.’
    • ‘She'd examine her face in the mirror, gently touching the bruises and the black eyes.’
    • ‘The man has a black eye and bruised face, while his wife has an injured neck and double vision.’
    • ‘The victim displayed black eyes and facial bruises two days after the incident.’
    • ‘The unprovoked assault left her with bruises and two black eyes.’
    • ‘She'd never given me a black eye or bruises that made it hurt to breathe.’
    • ‘It was my good luck that Dad hadn't hit me the day before but I still had a black eye and a few bruises from our last encounter.’
    • ‘She was later taken to hospital with multiple bruises and a black eye.’
    • ‘The former power station worker ended up with a black eye, grazes and bruises to his elbow and arm, and a sore shoulder that still aches.’
    • ‘Her son, she said, had received two black eyes and a bump to the head, and was badly shaken by the experience.’
    • ‘A woman passenger suffered two black eyes, a broken wrist and swollen ankle.’
    • ‘Magdalene had a broken arm and Jordan had a bruised lip and a black eye.’
    • ‘Dalton had a black eye and so did Ryan, along with several other bruises.’
    • ‘The victim, who suffered a black eye and bruising, was treated in hospital before being discharged.’
    • ‘He also suffered a black eye and will need dental work for chipped teeth.’
    • ‘A boy of 14 was attacked a week ago near the post office and was treated in hospital for two black eyes and bruised ribs.’
    • ‘Her parents didn't even notice the bruises or black eyes she received from them.’
    • ‘Witnesses said the two ladies were frequently seen with black eyes and bruises while living with him.’
    • ‘The second man had a broken nose, three teeth knocked out, black eyes, cuts and bruising to the torso and knees.’
    • ‘I quickly bent over Tristan, he had a black eye and some other bruises, but mostly he was fine.’
    contusion, lesion, mark, injury, black-and-blue mark, skin discoloration, blackening
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  • 2US A mark or source of dishonour or shame.

    ‘the building's condition is a black eye for the entire state’


black eye