Synonyms of eye in English:

eye


See definition of eye

noun

1‘he rubbed his eyes wearily’

SYNONYMS

organ of sight, eyeball

informal peeper

literary orb

humorous, archaic optic

rare globe

2eyes‘his sharp eyes had missed nothing’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

watch, observance, lookout, gaze, stare, regard

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

5also eyes‘to desert was despicable in their eyes’

SYNONYMS

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

6‘the eye of a needle’

SYNONYMS

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

7‘the eye of the storm’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

edge


verb

1‘he eyed the stranger suspiciously’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

ignore

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

SYNONYMS

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

NZ Australian informal perv on


Phrases

    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’

      SYNONYMS

      see, 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

      literary

      behold, espy, descry

    see eye to eye

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

      SYNONYMS

      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

      ANTONYMS

      disagree

    up to one's eyes

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

      SYNONYMS

      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

      informal

      pushed, up against it, up to here