Meaning of bugeye in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbʌɡˌʌɪ/


historical US
  • A type of sailing boat used mainly for oyster fishing in the Chesapeake Bay area, typically having a centreboard and two masts.

    Boats of this type were common in the late 19th century but in the early 20th century were largely superseded by the smaller skipjack.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Ohio Democrat (New Philadelphia, Ohio). Apparently from bug + eye, perhaps as an alteration of buckeye, although the relative priority of the two nouns in this sense is uncertain.