One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having one's eyes wide open in amazement.
staring in amazement, goggle-eyedView synonyms
- ‘The girl rejected for her admittedly rather lackluster braiding skills opened her mouth in wide-eyed surprise.’
- ‘Ericka looked back to me in wide-eyed surprise.’
- ‘Myst stared in wide-eyed wonder at the open blue sky and the wind cutting through the tall grasses.’
- ‘Kutcher is wide-eyed, mouth hanging open, for the entire film.’
- ‘Hannah assumed her position in front of the choir, and looked over at Mr. Wyden with wide-eyed fear.’
- 1.1 Innocent.‘a wide-eyed country boy’
innocent, naive, impressionable, ingenuous, childlike, credulous, trusting, over-trusting, trustful, unsuspicious, unquestioning, unsuspecting, unguarded, unwary, simple, unsophisticated, inexperienced, raw, green, green as grass, jejune, gullible, easily taken in, easily deceivedView synonyms
- ‘Her wide-eyed innocence and a remarkable number of overcoats help her through her poorly written role.’
- ‘A wide-eyed innocent, Matthew is initially the lamb to the slaughter as he falls under the spell of the beguiling Isabelle.’
- ‘Eddie is an innocent, naïve and wide-eyed security guard inadvertently caught up in Gary and Frank's plans.’
- ‘I've been trying to come up with a term to describe that particular wide-eyed look of false innocence that co-workers flash at you when you approach their desks.’
- ‘A wide-eyed innocent, he longs to captain his own vessel and wed his true love, Mercedes.’
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