One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural crow's feet
1A branching wrinkle at the outer corner of a person's eye.
crease, fold, pucker, gather, furrow, ridge, line, corrugation, groove, crinkle, crumple, rumpleView synonyms
- ‘Wrinkles, crow's feet around the eyes or mouth, irregular pigmentation, deep furrows of the forehead between the eyebrows, and accentuated lines of facial expression around the nose and lips can also occur.’
- ‘In a profession that puts a premium on good looks, the occasional wrinkle or crow's foot is cause for serious worry.’
- ‘I love the way his eyes get little crow's feet out to the sides when he smiles because it reminds me of my dad.’
- ‘It's also used to minimize crow's feet around the eyes.’
- ‘Her face and body was angular and weathered with premature lines on her face around her mouth and crow's feet at the corner of her eyes.’
- ‘His face did show some sign of ageing, wrinkles here and there and crow's feet coming from his eyes.’
- ‘She no longer wore any makeup, but her face had a severe beauty, all the same, that shone through the crow's feet around her eyes and the vertical furrows on either side of her mouth.’
- ‘She smiled, crow's feet gathering at the corners of her eyes.’
- ‘On the face, in the areas where there is soft tissue, aging lines will develop: crow's feet around the eyes, frown lines on the forehead and marionette lines near the mouth and cheeks.’
- ‘The grooves, the furrows and the crow's feet are still there but my skin is smoother and I feel healthier.’
- ‘His skin was a leathery tan and he had the beginnings of crow's feet at the corners of his eyes.’
- ‘Women, it seems, are more aware of and concerned about the long-range effects of sun damage, everything from crow's feet to cancer.’
- ‘The crow's feet at the corners of his eyes deepened as he frowned almost painfully, and rubbed his forehead.’
- ‘The important thing to keep in mind, however, is that some degree of memory loss is a normal part of aging, like crow's feet and gray hair.’
- ‘All have crow's feet and weathered lips on their heavily tanned faces.’
- ‘I get a lot of patients who just want to look 10 years younger, and that's a case of getting rid of crow's feet and wrinkles.’
- ‘There were crow's feet at the corner of her eyes and mouth that hadn't been as pronounced before.’
- ‘When I return every six months or so, I not only notice taller teenage nephews, hair on babies' heads, or recently formed crow's feet on relatives' laughing faces.’
- ‘Yet it is precisely the unexpected and the incongruous that we need in a world where everything from our teeth and crow's feet to our children's genes is increasingly measured against one aesthetic or utilitarian standard.’
- ‘Look at family members to see if there are shared traits, such as brow furrows, crow's feet or under-eye bags.’
2A mark, symbol, or design formed of lines diverging from a point, resembling a bird's footprint.
- ‘I also remembered 25 years ago that there was a talk at school that the peace symbol really represented a crow's foot (the symbol of witchcraft?’
- ‘After all, red flags were plainly seen among the crow's foot peace symbols and the odd Christian cross.’
3historical A military caltrop.
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