Definition of starry-eyed in US English:



  • Naively enthusiastic or idealistic; failing to recognize the practical realities of a situation.

    ‘starry-eyed romantics’
    • ‘Moreover, as Clinton apologists always maintained, it does not have to collapse into starry-eyed unrealism.’
    • ‘He recalled, starry-eyed, the famous occasion when still a pre-school toddler, he was travelling with his mum into Dublin city centre.’
    • ‘This is a situation no one but the most starry-eyed prophet could have imagined in 1978.’
    • ‘Yet this may require a down-to-earth approach deeply disappointing to starry-eyed technological enthusiasts.’
    • ‘Focusing on something larger is not necessarily a starry-eyed idealism.’
    • ‘Couples who began their dating relationships starry-eyed and dreamy all too often end them red-eyed and dismayed.’
    • ‘It is the writing of a man who understood that sober, bleak-eyed realism serves the cause of human emancipation more faithfully than starry-eyed Utopia.’
    • ‘A great many of them soon find their starry-eyed enthusiasm dissipating as they realise what a tough place the UK can be.’
    • ‘But, these were painters of fantasy, merely starry-eyed utopians unfit to be assigned any place in the Republic of Plato.’
    • ‘Independent, head-strong and may be more than a little starry-eyed about Bollywood, Mallika at least has the guts to stand up for what she believes.’
    • ‘The students do not, for the most part, have a starry-eyed vision of the U.S. as The Country That Does Everything Right.’
    • ‘It's easy to be cynical about a film like this, especially when you see the number of starry-eyed romantic comedies that I do.’
    • ‘Hers is a role that calls for a certain maturity, not starry-eyed romantic innocence, and she does well with what she has to work with.’
    • ‘It is true, however, that relationships between cads and starry-eyed romantics are rarely what they seem.’
    • ‘So here is yet another youngster with starry-eyed visions of winning a Grammy aka Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.’
    • ‘I was generally a starry-eyed romantic teen rather than a lusty one.’
    • ‘It may be a starry-eyed American leftist's idealization of Canada, or it may just be true.’
    • ‘And these two starry-eyed lovers can't wait to get hitched.’
    • ‘McCaw may be a hard-nosed businessman, but there is a starry-eyed visionary in him, too.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean we're left with a starry-eyed romanticism.’
    inspired, imaginative, creative, inventive, insightful, ingenious, enterprising, innovative, perceptive, intuitive, far-sighted, prescient, discerning, penetrating, sharp, shrewd, wise, clever, talented, gifted, resourceful
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