Definition of private eye in English:

private eye


  • A private detective.

    • ‘I thought I was watching some television detective show where the private eye puts together the clues and reveals the killer, who then admits all and is ready to be taken away.’
    • ‘Parker's Spenser is the best private eye in American detective fiction and has been for at least the past 20 years.’
    • ‘Jack's a hard-boiled private eye who narrates the entire film in voice-over, and who finds himself investigating an ancient Egyptian cult that worships chainsaws.’
    • ‘And Donald was a great character, a detective in the classic sense of an old-school private eye detective.’
    • ‘Tracing people is just one of the jobs private eyes take to make ends meet.’