Definition of cross-eyed in US English:



  • Having one or both eyes turned inward toward the nose, either from focusing on something very close, through temporary loss of control of focus, or as a permanent condition (convergent strabismus).

    • ‘Toxocariasis also may affect a child's eyes, causing decreased vision, swelling around the eyes, or a cross-eyed appearance.’
    • ‘He jerked his head toward her and stared, cross-eyed.’
    • ‘He concentrated harder and harder until he was cross-eyed, completely focused on the flame.’
    • ‘He went cross-eyed and pretended to study her nose.’
    • ‘Jacob stared, cross-eyed, at the end of his nose.’
    • ‘Another quick fix if you are cross-eyed dominant is to close the master eye.’
    • ‘The condition of being cross-eyed is also called strabismus.’
    • ‘I giggle at how his eyes grow cross-eyed from looking into mine so close.’
    • ‘Her eyes started to go cross-eyed.’
    • ‘It was hard to focus on her; he thought he might be cross-eyed.’
    • ‘I had to close my eyes or else they'd go cross-eyed looking at her.’
    • ‘Pip tried to watch Sonia's finger, going cross-eyed in the effort.’
    • ‘Mia turned cross-eyed, watching the two younger girls jump around on the edge of the roof as though the precarious angle was just another sidewalk.’
    • ‘After a few days, they were cross-eyed from watching the flow of people and cars.’
    • ‘Her boyfriend tapped her on the nose, which she wrinkled and stared at cross-eyed.’
    • ‘A cross-eyed cashier took our order.’
    • ‘While I did not blush, I made the mistake of looking at his nose and going cross-eyed.’
    • ‘He dazedly hugged me back, his eyes a bit cross-eyed but beginning to focus.’
    • ‘She gave him a cross-eyed look.’
    • ‘In magazines the ‘before’ photo always features the subject looking vacant, cross-eyed and miserable with massive bags under their eyes.’



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