Definition of eyeful in English:



  • 1A long steady look at something.

    ‘when Granny catches anyone staring, she says to them ‘Had your eyeful yet?’’
    • ‘I spun around, and saw him leaning against the main office door, hands in pockets, giving me a knowing eyeful.’
    • ‘Noah got an eyeful, but he was too sick to enjoy it.’
    • ‘It was at this venue last year that fans got an awful eyeful in a game against Geelong.’
    • ‘He got an eyeful when Wendy's cover slipped down.’
    • ‘Limerick shoppers will get an eyeful next Friday when an animal rights group holds a ‘naked’ demonstration against Duffy's Circus.’
    • ‘There are few phenomena more scenic than the mountains at sunset, and what better way to get an eyeful than on a highway bike ride out to Cochrane or Bragg Creek?’
    • ‘I saw several young women sporting cheerleader skirts, high heels and skimpy wee tops doing laps before the steps, making sure the boys got an eyeful.’
    • ‘But I guarantee you, if you visit any high school during the passing period between classes, or at the end of lunch, you'll get an eyeful.’
    • ‘One woman in Vicar Lane had already snapped the flimsy strap on her vest top, and laughed as her breast fell out to give a gang of cheering lads an eyeful.’
    • ‘She rose, stretched right in his face to be sure he got an eyeful, then sauntered toward the bathroom, waggling her hips to keep his eyes on her.’
    • ‘She offered him a good view of her cleavage in the process and shamelessly Brett helped himself to an eyeful.’
    • ‘He has given us glimpses of his potential and now he will get the chance to give us an eyeful.’
    • ‘They sidled up to the guards, letting their cloaks loosen to let them get an eyeful.’
    • ‘If you've never seen their stage show, you can still get an eyeful from this album's black-and-white liner photos, which show the duo swooning or flopped like cast-off goth toys.’
    • ‘After you've had a frightening eyeful, turn the page and discover where saturated and trans fats hide, and how to escape their deadly reach.’
    • ‘She dipped low to shake his hand making sure he got an eyeful.’
    • ‘Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington got an eyeful yesterday, when a prisoner, who claimed to be hearing voices, dropped his pants and proceeded to strip in the court.’
    • ‘When no-one else is looking I bet he is getting an eyeful and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if one of these days he'll try it on.’
    • ‘It may not be art, but visitors to this new museum will certainly get an eyeful.’
    • ‘She retrieved a second suitcase and they repeated the procedure, and again Graham got an eyeful as she spread her legs and then leaned forward to hand the case to him.’
    look at, peep at, peek at, glimpse of, view of, stare at, gaze at, gape at, ogle at, glance at
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    1. 1.1An eye-catching person or thing.
      ‘she was quite an eyeful’
      • ‘With her face-framing blonde hair, tight blue jeans and salmon-pink top, she is quite an eyeful and her voice, even if it lacks interesting colours, is accurate and true.’
      • ‘Since Pam is such an eyeful, we decided to take a closer look at the standards she applies in her own life.’
      • ‘The city was an eyeful with beautiful garden areas, architecture and plenty of sites to see.’
      • ‘With scarcely any natural life save for a multitude of rock formations and thin brush, the flat, dusty wasteland was more of an eyesore than an eyeful.’
      • ‘Sangavi in a leather outfit was an eyeful, as she serenaded with two dance numbers.’
      • ‘She was an eyeful,’ Miguel and his friends began to hoot and holler again.’
      • ‘I did not get a chance to check out his space but was told it is quite an eyeful.’
      • ‘The tables are a convenient eyeful, documenting poverty, unionization, and ‘demographic variation’ rates across national borders.’
      • ‘And Marie-Josee Croze is more than an eyeful in her brief appearance.’
      • ‘Especially since Jill was an eyeful and I was just your average scruffy male.’
      • ‘‘You're not such a bad eyeful yourself,’ he smiled.’
      beautiful sight, vision, joy to behold, picture, dream, sensation, beauty, dazzler
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  • 2A quantity or piece of something thrown or blown into the eye.

    ‘an eyeful of woodworm fluid’
    • ‘Or they're covered in clouds, and looking to see if they're there means an eyeful of rainwater.’
    • ‘By public places, I mean ‘enclosed’ spaces, although I have to say that I intensely dislike passing smokers in the street and getting an eyeful, a lungful, a hairful of their poisonous halitosis.’
    • ‘The holes in the sides meant you still might end up with an eyeful of paint and the lack of full facial coverage meant you might go home with a few welts on the forehead.’
    • ‘Another Sailor got an eyeful of hydraulic fluid while conducting catapult preventive maintenance checks.’