Definition of beady in US English:



  • 1(of a person's eyes) small, round, and gleaming.

    • ‘Careful brushstrokes detail a beady eye, feathers, beak and claws.’
    • ‘One moves, they all move, the box shaking and quacking with little beady eyes peeking through the air holes.’
    • ‘Now he rubs his beady eyes in sheer confusion at the wilfulness of his charges (ie, us), who simply refuse to listen to common sense anymore.’
    • ‘THREE TINY girls in pink with big beady eyes can these days be seen running around school corridors in Delhi.’
    • ‘And then there are laser beams and death stars and funny looking creatures with beady eyes that hide in sand dunes.’
    • ‘These cast a gravestone-like shadow on the slope behind, and you are aware of the bright beady red eyes of shrimps in the folds of the sponges glint back at you like cat's eyes.’
    • ‘We strolled half the length of the lake to locate a party of mallards, in a vain attempt to avoid catching the beady eyes of the Canada geese.’
    • ‘She was small and plump with frosted hair and dark beady eyes.’
    • ‘Tall and gangly, with a long nose and beady eyes, he was self-conscious about his appearance and despaired of ever being loved.’
    • ‘The blackbird in question is perched on a painted branch above the stairs, looking down with a beady eye on a mural which commemorates many of the Chip's staff and regulars.’
    • ‘Remember, the next bird that sets its cold beady eyes on you, might be the last thing you ever see.’
    • ‘And even as I am relating this story I know you are looking upon me with great anger in your squinty, beady eyes.’
    • ‘Hanging around between the pylons were huge shoals of fish, seemingly unfazed by our presence, happy to let us swim by and follow us en masse with one beady eye.’
    • ‘It was so close that I could finally see its black beady eye.’
    • ‘They have beady eyes, big noses and enormous pot bellies.’
    • ‘His black, beady eyes glared at her behind wrinkled cheeks and a round nose.’
    • ‘Pretty girls glide on rollerskates under the beady eye of Isabel Vendle, an ageing single woman of means who promises to be some kind of Miss Haversham character.’
    • ‘It had extremely beady eyes and in our effort to scare it away we completely missed the object of this bird's desire. It was nothing other than a piece of bacon from one of the rolls.’
    • ‘Plucked from the depths of the ocean, grabbed by the gloved hand of a trawlerman, examined with a beady eye and then chucked over a shoulder back into the sea.’
    • ‘Fully awake and with the beady eyes that only the over consumption of coffee can bring, I still failed to notice the additional security we are supposed to be enjoying.’
    1. 1.1 (of a look) bright and penetrating.
      ‘she fixed him with a beady stare’
      • ‘Investigators are focusing their beady eyes on long-haul truckers, because we all know how those guys like to whiz in jugs.’
      • ‘That means it will fall under the beady eye of the chief inspector, whose remit is to provide an impartial and independent view of conditions in all of Scotland's prisons.’
      • ‘Emilia turned her around and fixed her with a beady stare.’
      • ‘Not content with that, David has been keeping his beady eyes open for another bargain and today came across it.’
      • ‘The redoubtable Mainland has kept a beady eye on proceedings at the George Street fringe venue for eight festivals, but feels it is about time to move on.’
      • ‘She felt his beady little eyes staring down at her and his sly lips curved into a smile.’
      • ‘Her head hovered over Anna with tight lips and beady stare.’
      • ‘After my Irish experience, I began keeping a beady eye on our local 20-somethings.’
      • ‘Her eyes stared like a laser beam at the paintings, almost melting them with her beady stare.’
      • ‘Madam turned her beady, hawk-like gaze on the woman, waiting for her to speak.’
      • ‘The constant pressure to write can be exhausting, as can the need to keep a beady eye on the discussions for inappropriate or libellous comments.’
      • ‘From the initial call, entries were slashed down to twenty hopefuls who then developed their screenplays under the beady eyes of hardened professionals.’
      • ‘Neo-conservatism is the movement which cast a beady eye at progressive politics and cried that the emperor had no clothes.’
      • ‘He has been casting a beady eye on the internationalists here.’
      • ‘What I did do, I noticed, was to keep a very beady eye on him from across the room: waiting to see what kind of man he fastened his attentions on this time.’
      • ‘It's far worse; they're simply tacky rip-off merchants with a beady eye for the good earner.’
      • ‘Then I take off at a jog across the tilled field, carefully avoiding the search tower spotlights which sweep the area under the beady eye of the armed guards.’
      • ‘She kept a beady eye and a tight rein on the media.’
      • ‘The expression was taut, fiery even, and it seemed ready to pounce - - the eyes beady, observant.’
      • ‘Even the emus are entrancing until they fix you with their beady stares.’
      keen, perceptive, observant, acute, sharp-sighted, hawklike
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