One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short-sighted person.
- ‘Some reports claim that positive suggestion can significantly improve visual acuity (e.g., in myopes).’
- ‘A variant of it also affects a small handful of extreme myopes, those who have been severely short-sighted since early childhood.’
- ‘The distinctive style of Impressionist painters has been attributed to myopia, and Cézanne, Degas, Pissarro, and Renoir were all known to be myopes.’
- ‘This is much appreciated by geezers, myopes, and in my case, myopic geezers.’
Early 18th century: from French, via late Latin from Greek muōps, from muein ‘to shut’ + ōps ‘eye’.
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