Definition of tear-stained in US English:



  • Wet with tears.

    ‘I looked at the man's tear-stained face’
    • ‘The more successful the projection of the desired version has been, the more newsworthy is the picture of a tear-stained cheek, tonsil-revealing laugh, a few new jowls, or just a glum glance.’
    • ‘He glanced down at her tear-stained face and wanted to kiss every tear away.’
    • ‘‘Oh, pull yourselves together,’ says Madeley with mock severity, and Finnigan begins repairing her tear-stained make-up.’
    • ‘He bent down and made contact with Hélloise's tear-stained eyes.’
    • ‘Introversion and a tear-stained face had now replaced her outgoing nature and perpetual smile.’
    • ‘She spots Shannon's tear-stained face and blinks.’
    • ‘Many were smudged and tear-stained, often being the first information relatives received about the fate of their loved one.’
    • ‘Her voice echoed the desperation I could see in the tear-stained eyes of her children.’
    • ‘It is not unusual to find tears streaming down their faces, falling onto already tear-stained books of Tehillim (Psalms).’
    • ‘Despite my tear-stained cheeks in 1973, seeing Stokoe's unbridled joy at the final whistle is still a memory that I am pleased to have witnessed.’
    • ‘Catherine Deneuve races down a dark provincial road at night on a motorcycle, tear-stained mascara streaking her face.’
    • ‘I tried to suppress my guilt by sitting outside and just letting my tears cascade down my already tear-stained face.’
    • ‘She reminded me so much of Jonathan that it almost tore me apart to see her tear-stained face.’
    • ‘She was yelling now, the tears running rapidly down her already tear-stained cheek.’
    • ‘She took my hands away from my face and I blushed again as my siblings looked upon my tear-stained face.’
    • ‘Christie lifted up her tear-stained face, nodding her head.’
    • ‘Seytie's tears were immediately gone and an angry frown replaced her tear-stained face.’
    • ‘During the riots, the photograph of Ansari's tear-stained face begging for mercy from his assailants moved the nation.’
    • ‘I just hope someone looks out their store window and sees me, my messy hair, tear-stained face, and miserable expression and asks me what happened.’
    • ‘Then, eventually, she lifted her tear-stained face.’