Synonyms of eye in English:


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1‘he rubbed his eyes wearily’


organ of sight, eyeball

informal peeper

literary orb

humorous, archaic optic

rare globe

2‘his sharp eyes had missed nothing’


eyesight, vision, sight, power of sight, faculty of sight, ability to see, power of seeing, powers of observation, observation, perception, visual perception


3‘shoppers with an eye for a bargain’


appreciation, awareness, alertness, perception, discernment, discrimination, taste, judgement, recognition, consciousness, knowledge, understanding, comprehension, cognizance, feeling, sensitivity, instinct, intuition, nose

4‘her nervous movement did not escape his watchful eye’


watch, observance, lookout, gaze, stare, regard

observation, surveillance, vigilance, view, notice, contemplation, examination, inspection, study, scrutiny

5‘to desert was despicable in their eyes’


opinion, thinking, way of thinking, mind, view, viewpoint, point of view, attitude, stance, stand, standpoint, position, perspective, belief, contention, conviction, judgement, assessment, analysis, evaluation, gauging, rating, appraisal, estimation, estimate

also "eyes"

6‘the eye of a needle’


hole, opening, aperture, eyelet, gap, slit, slot, crevice, chink, crack, perforation, interstice

7‘the eye of the storm’


centre, middle, nucleus, heart, core, hub, pivot, kernel, bosom, interior, depths, thick




1‘he eyed the stranger suspiciously’


look at, see, observe, view, gaze at, gaze upon, stare at, scan, regard, contemplate, survey, inspect, examine, scrutinize, study, consider, glance at, take a glance at

watch, keep an eye on, keep under observation, keep watch on, keep under scrutiny, keep under surveillance, monitor, watch like a hawk, keep a weather eye on

spy on

informal have a gander at, take a gander at, have a squint at, get a load of, give someone a once-over, give something a once-over, check out, gawp at, size up, keep a beady eye on, keep tabs on, keep a tab on

British informal have a butcher's at, take a butcher's at, have a dekko at, take a dekko at, have a shufti at, take a shufti at, clock

North American informal eyeball

literary behold

rare twig, surveil



2‘sometimes he would eye young women in the street’


ogle, leer at, stare at, gaze at, make eyes at, make sheep's eyes at

informal eye up, give someone the glad eye, give someone a once-over, give someone the once-over, lech after, lech over, undress with one's eyes, give someone the come-on

British informal gawp at, gawk at

Australian NZ informal perv on


    an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth)

      ‘an eye for an eye simply escalates violence’

    clap/lay/set eyes on

      ‘I have never clapped eyes on him before’


      see other, observe, notice, spot, sight, have sight of, spy, catch sight of, glimpse, catch a glimpse of, get a glimpse of, make out, discern, perceive, pick out, detect

      informal, literary

      behold, espy, descry

    see eye to eye

      ‘we don't always see eye to eye about things’


      agree, concur, be in agreement, be of the same mind, be of the same opinion, be in accord, be in sympathy, sympathize, be united, think as one

      be on the same wavelength, get on, get along, feel a rapport



    up to one's eyes

      ‘not now, I'm afraid, I'm up to my eyes this morning’


      very busy, fully occupied

      overwhelmed, inundated, overloaded, overburdened, overworked, overtaxed, under pressure, hard-pressed, harassed, run off one's feet, rushed off one's feet, with one's back to the wall


      pushed, up against it, up to here