Definition of dewy-eyed in US English:



  • Having eyes that are moist with tears (used typically to indicate that a person is nostalgic, naive, or sentimental)

    ‘she gets slightly dewy-eyed as she talks about her family’
    • ‘But in my dewy-eyed youth, I wanted the Princess to go away with her lover.’
    • ‘There is no dewy-eyed romanticism, no sentimentality though plenty of sentiment.’
    • ‘Orwell was indeed unsociable, anti-feminist and homophobic, but only ambiguously anti-Semitic, and by no means such a dewy-eyed idealiser of the plebs as some have imagined.’
    • ‘Internationalism and its call for collective sovereignty - like socialism - may sound like the new messiah to dewy-eyed idealists.’
    • ‘There isn't much dewy-eyed sentimentality about nature in the Powder River Basin.’
    • ‘Depending on your point of view, this is either a dewy-eyed romantic tale about two former lovers or a story about an unhappily married man looking to have sex with an old girlfriend.’
    • ‘Going dewy-eyed like a romantic schoolgirl and stroking Judd's back as she talked, Lopez said her wedding had been ‘magical, really romantic.’’
    • ‘Long proclaimed by dewy-eyed architecture critics as the prettiest town in England, the spot has won over foodies for having the most Michelin-starred restaurants in Britain outside London.’
    • ‘Yet, for many immigrants who came to America some two decades ago, often as dewy-eyed idealistic students, this is beginning to happen.’
    • ‘But some of us remember political discourse with dewy-eyed nostalgia.’
    • ‘As Valentine's Day approaches yet again, it makes one all dewy-eyed about one's wedding day - especially, if like me, you married on Valentine's Day.’
    • ‘Or is it still ‘special’ and ‘different’, as some performers and dewy-eyed hippies would have us believe?’
    • ‘A discussion about the merits of Bob Dylan's new memoir, for instance, quickly degenerated into a patchouli-scented haze of dewy-eyed 1960s nostalgia and hippie-dippy pretentiousness.’
    • ‘It's very cleverly done, but with an undefinable innocence that suggests the dewy-eyed thrill of very early pop, beaches and bikinis.’
    • ‘His dewy-eyed, slightly fumbling sincerity - his brilliantly articulate impersonation of earnest inarticulacy - has all along been tied to this self-projection as a Good Man.’
    • ‘Still I'm not the dewy-eyed innocent of a year ago.’
    • ‘My brother and I emerged from the movie dewy-eyed with tears of relief, as we once again realized how close the world had come to Armageddon.’
    • ‘Let's not give the impression that we are entering into this with dewy-eyed naivety.’
    • ‘The special relationship is in any case more to do with dewy-eyed nostalgia for the days of the cold war than the realpolitik of 21st century Europe.’
    • ‘The dewy-eyed do-gooders might be pleased to know that whoever wins government at the next election our detention centres will still be here.’
    innocent, unsophisticated, artless, ingenuous, inexperienced, guileless, unworldly, childlike, trusting, trustful, starry-eyed, wide-eyed, fond, simple, natural, unaffected, unpretentious
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