Definition of pop-eyed in US English:



  • (of a person) having bulging eyes, typically through surprise or fear.

    ‘Neil has a glimpse of the driver, pop-eyed, standing on the brakes’
    • ‘When you think of Hogarth's portraits, for example, a particular kind of slightly pop-eyed vigour comes to mind - better for men, children and servants than fashionable people, and relating strongly to his own character.’
    • ‘Emma Thompson is on great form as Sybil Trelawney, a scatty, pop-eyed Professor of Divination who reads tea leaves.’
    • ‘Where she is gawky, submissive and quietly passionate in the new role life has found for her to play, Spader is pop-eyed and purse-lipped.’
    • ‘I'm pretty sure that if I ever actually meet Ben Hammersley he'll be a kind of wild-haired, pop-eyed genius type with a pencil behind each ear and a short attention span.’
    • ‘Lots of perfectly nice people vote Tory, I am sure, alongside the ranks of the pop-eyed complainers and mouldy-dough patriots.’
    • ‘He stops, to stare at the screen, open-mouthed and pop-eyed.’
    • ‘All Pollack can come up with is desperately well-intentioned hooey, made even more bizarre by the pop-eyed solemnity of the acting and its sheer, baffling unexcitingness.’
    • ‘Last week Mary O'Rourke tried to shield herself from the wrath of the pop-eyed ones by voting against one of the get-rich schemes dreamed up by the board.’
    • ‘It is this last which adds insult to injury: Freda is flaxen-haired, pop-eyed, hare-brained and a pest.’
    • ‘The pop-eyed politico has long had bookkeeping difficulties.’
    • ‘The ring of intellect and humour alone risks a hollow sound, but the undeniable success of this show lies beyond the volume, in a kind of pitiful pop-eyed self-awareness.’
    • ‘Described as a dark, round faced, slightly pop-eyed, pretty, sweet little ingénue, she sang and danced her way to fame as the eponymous heroine of Irene in 1919.’
    • ‘Geoffrey Rush, playing the villainous, pop-eyed seadog Barbossa in this enjoyable romp, gives it his best shot, a phlegmy gargle of rage.’
    • ‘Gone are the previous car's somewhat matronly curves and cute pop-eyed face, blandly attired.’
    • ‘The pugs, one gentle-eyed and adoring, the other pop-eyed with indignation, are reminiscent of the diametrically opposed judgments that have dogged Pullman's work, outlandishly exemplified by the Hitchens siblings.’
    • ‘Unshaven, slack-jawed, pop-eyed, face framed with tendrils of unwashed hair, he slumps behind the wheel of his minicab as if in delayed shock, trying to work out how and why his life has gone wrong.’
    • ‘Despite her screeching and giggling and pop-eyed ranting, she sometimes appears quite lucid, wishing simply to confront her own death with things made absolutely clear.’
    • ‘You ever see she has that pop-eyed look all the time?’
    • ‘We at The Register could perhaps understand people getting exercised about the operating software they run being produced by outfits run by deranged, pop-eyed megalomaniacs.’
    • ‘Owners stroll along the path accompanied by happy canines ranging from pop-eyed, dancing Chihuahuas to smirking, loping great Danes and nothing untoward happens.’



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