Definition of eye-washing in English:

eye-washing

noun

  • 1The action or an act of bathing or cleansing the eyes.

  • 2Chiefly South Asian. The use of speech or action which is only for outward show, or which conceals actual facts or motives.

adjective

South Asian
  • That is intended merely for outward show or to obscure or conceal actual facts or motives.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Manchester Weekly Times. From eye + washing, after eyewash<br>early 20th century; earliest use found in The Referee. From eye + washing, after eyewash.

Pronunciation

eye-washing

/ˈʌɪwɒʃɪŋ/