One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially of the eyes) full of rheum; watery.
blurred, blurry, unfocusedView synonyms
- ‘Slightly apart stand a line of khaki-clad men, ancients with grizzled beards and yellow, rheumy eyes, dressed in tattered uniforms and battered solar topis.’
- ‘Sonia thinks about the restaurant owner with the rheumy eyes and the son who is no good.’
- ‘The old rheumy eyes swivel audibly away from the mushroom cloud of dust now settling near the fireplace.’
- ‘Lee shifts his feet, startled at the giddy look in Wesley's rheumy eyes.’
- ‘They look relatively healthy - no bloated bellies or rheumy eyes - but after a few questions it emerges they have consumed only black tea in the past 48 hours.’
- ‘Costley, however, does not come over as any rheumy romantic.’
- ‘‘Come and be touched by Oprah Winfrey’, he rattled, his rheumy eyes streaming, staring deep into my soul.’
- ‘The trapper then tried to force movement in the aching and tired limbs; he jumped about like a rheumy drunk until he felt his bowed legs limbering to his efforts.’
- ‘He's got more cheekbone than Snoop, bloodshot and rheumy eyes, and he's wearing a scruffy black overcoat and woolly hat.’
- ‘He gave them a rheumy stare and climbed unsteadily to his feet.’
- ‘We saw elderly monkeys with thick grey fur, big muscular bodies and rheumy eyes.’
- ‘He has also confessed to murdering seven women and has emerged as one of the country's most hated criminals, his puffy features and rheumy eyes illustrating many magazine articles.’
- ‘This is the moment in the funeral video that turns the slow, rheumy trickle from Gordon's eyes into flat-out crying.’
- ‘That creepy old retired nun with the rheumy face of a Martian had locked him in a closet in the basement.’
- ‘With one shaky hand he dabbed at his blood-shot, rheumy eyes, with the other he tap-tap-tapped continually at a hearing aid that looked like it had been built in the Eisenhower administration.’
- ‘Father Stone is standing closer, his eyes staring at me with the rheumy quality of the very old.’
- ‘Appearing in other worldly guise, she had a hooked nose with rheumy cold, had cheeks sunken and walked lame.’
- ‘It doesn't take much to put it all together; the rheumy eyes, the wrinkles, the unnatural emaciation, and that slight but unmistakable tremor in her hand.’
- ‘His rheumy eyes were wandering sightlessly, but his ears were locked on me and twitching.’
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