Definition of wall eye in English:

wall eye


  • 1An eye with a streaked or opaque white iris.

    • ‘Bo has what I know to be a wall eye, where the brown pigment of the eye doesn't stretch right to the edge, so you get a visible white area around the brown bit.’
    • ‘The blue eye is considered to be different than the wall eye, appearing a grey/blue colour.’
    1. 1.1 An eye squinting outwards.
      • ‘With wall eyes, the eyes appear to be protruding and enlarged; this is sometimes accompanied with one eye that appears to slightly be focused on a different direction than the other eye.’
      • ‘Having a wall eye sometimes leads a person to develop increased acuity in the other eye,’ Livingstone notes.’
      • ‘For instance, wall eyes tends to occur intermittently and are most often corrected with surgery at 4 to 5 years old.’
      • ‘Another common form of strabismus (wall eyes), may only be noticeable when a child daydreams, looks at far-away objects, or is tiredor sick.’
      • ‘Otis had wall eyes when he was a baby too, but they aren't nearly as bad as they were.’
      • ‘According to computer scientist Marc Levoy of Stanford University, Michelangelo's magnificent statue of ‘David’ in the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence, Italy, is wall-eyed.’
      • ‘If parents notice crossed or wall eyes persisting in a child four months of age, they should immediately take the child to an eye care professional for an examination.’
      • ‘Rembrandt, the 17 th-century Dutch master known for his skill in using light to carry perspective, may have been wall-eyed, a U.S. researcher proposed on Wednesday.’
      • ‘The wall eye will eventually become amblyopic (functionally blind), especially if the eye coordination problem is not addressed at an early age.’
      • ‘Obvious problems such as strabismus (crossed or wall eye) are usually caught by the pediatrician.’
      • ‘Somehow in my awful, writhing state I notice that he is wall-eyed.’
  • 2A North American pikeperch with large, opaque silvery eyes. It is a commercially valuable food fish and a popular sporting fish.

    • ‘For their part, they see how good the walleye fishing in this enlarging lake has become and wonder how it could be viewed as a source of pollution north of the border.’
    • ‘In the bluff countryside of Sparta, Wis., the hills roll, the barns are red, and Holsteins graze in the shadow of 11-foot-high pumpkins and 15-foot-long walleyes.’
    • ‘We were using smaller lures which Al prefers as these resemble the walleye on which the really big muskie feed.’
    • ‘Two other potentially dreary fish - walleye and wild striped sea bass - were bundled in thin origami wrappers of potato and pancetta, respectively.’
    • ‘In recent years the lake has yielded abundant harvests of walleye for sport fishermen.’
    • ‘This is my kind of vacation spot: lots of walleyes and northerns, bald eagles and loons everywhere, the occasional black bear - and wireless internet service.’
    • ‘Initial research focuses on rainbow trout and other salmonids, but later research could include species such as striped bass, walleye, and yellow perch.’
    • ‘These lakes are habitats for a wide variety of fish including walleye, perch, musky, bass, bluegill and pumpkin seed.’
    • ‘Perch, walleye, bass, northern pike, and muskellunge are the fish that pose the most threat to black crappie young, but the large anal and dorsal fins allow the adults some protection against these predators.’
    • ‘I was catching six and seven pound walleye, and the darn scale would read only two or three pounds.’
    • ‘Now the river's been cleaned up, so that even walleye, pike, and game fish can live in it.’
    • ‘In some markets, fish like walleye remain popular only among certain clientele.’
    • ‘High ratings were also given to other desirable fish like the bluegill, the walleye, and the yellow perch.’
    • ‘The shortnose gar are predators that can occupy the role of a scavenger, but often competes for food with common gamefishes like the northern pike, walleyes, and bass.’
    • ‘Predators such as lake sturgeon, brook trout, northern pike, and walleye prey on such species as lake herring, lake whitefish, lake chub, pearl dace, and ninespine stickleback.’
    • ‘When I get to his age, I hope the walleye are biting, the salmon are running and my outboard is working.’
    • ‘Cool- and cold-water fish, such as walleye and trout, are being pushed farther northward into Canada, while warm-water species, such as smallmouth bass, are moving into northern U.S. waters.’
    • ‘In bays, rivers and lakes, predators like pike, walleye, white croaker, and largemouth bass accumulate the most mercury.’
    • ‘European walleye are often referred to as ‘pike perch,’ sandre, or zander.’
    • ‘Fish species most commonly consumed included bass, yellow perch, and walleye.’


Early 16th century: back-formation from earlier wall-eyed, from Old Norse vagleygr; related to Icelandic vagl ‘film over the eye’.