Meaning of eyeful in English:

eyeful

Pronunciation /ˈʌɪfʊl/ /ˈʌɪf(ə)l/

noun

in singular
  • 1informal A long steady look at something.

    ‘when Granny catches anyone staring, she says to them ‘Had your eyeful yet?’’
    • ‘One woman in Vicar Lane had already snapped the flimsy strap on her vest top, and laughed as her breast fell out to give a gang of cheering lads an eyeful.’
    • ‘Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington got an eyeful yesterday, when a prisoner, who claimed to be hearing voices, dropped his pants and proceeded to strip in the court.’
    • ‘Limerick shoppers will get an eyeful next Friday when an animal rights group holds a ‘naked’ demonstration against Duffy's Circus.’
    • ‘There are few phenomena more scenic than the mountains at sunset, and what better way to get an eyeful than on a highway bike ride out to Cochrane or Bragg Creek?’
    • ‘I saw several young women sporting cheerleader skirts, high heels and skimpy wee tops doing laps before the steps, making sure the boys got an eyeful.’
    • ‘When no-one else is looking I bet he is getting an eyeful and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if one of these days he'll try it on.’
    • ‘If you've never seen their stage show, you can still get an eyeful from this album's black-and-white liner photos, which show the duo swooning or flopped like cast-off goth toys.’
    • ‘He got an eyeful when Wendy's cover slipped down.’
    • ‘But I guarantee you, if you visit any high school during the passing period between classes, or at the end of lunch, you'll get an eyeful.’
    • ‘Noah got an eyeful, but he was too sick to enjoy it.’
    • ‘After you've had a frightening eyeful, turn the page and discover where saturated and trans fats hide, and how to escape their deadly reach.’
    • ‘I spun around, and saw him leaning against the main office door, hands in pockets, giving me a knowing eyeful.’
    • ‘She rose, stretched right in his face to be sure he got an eyeful, then sauntered toward the bathroom, waggling her hips to keep his eyes on her.’
    • ‘She dipped low to shake his hand making sure he got an eyeful.’
    • ‘She retrieved a second suitcase and they repeated the procedure, and again Graham got an eyeful as she spread her legs and then leaned forward to hand the case to him.’
    • ‘He has given us glimpses of his potential and now he will get the chance to give us an eyeful.’
    • ‘She offered him a good view of her cleavage in the process and shamelessly Brett helped himself to an eyeful.’
    • ‘It may not be art, but visitors to this new museum will certainly get an eyeful.’
    • ‘They sidled up to the guards, letting their cloaks loosen to let them get an eyeful.’
    • ‘It was at this venue last year that fans got an awful eyeful in a game against Geelong.’
    look at, peep at, peek at, glimpse of, view of, stare at, gaze at, gape at, ogle at, glance at
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    1. 1.1An eye-catching person or thing.
      ‘she was quite an eyeful’
      • ‘I did not get a chance to check out his space but was told it is quite an eyeful.’
      • ‘With her face-framing blonde hair, tight blue jeans and salmon-pink top, she is quite an eyeful and her voice, even if it lacks interesting colours, is accurate and true.’
      • ‘Since Pam is such an eyeful, we decided to take a closer look at the standards she applies in her own life.’
      • ‘The city was an eyeful with beautiful garden areas, architecture and plenty of sites to see.’
      • ‘Sangavi in a leather outfit was an eyeful, as she serenaded with two dance numbers.’
      • ‘She was an eyeful,’ Miguel and his friends began to hoot and holler again.’
      • ‘‘You're not such a bad eyeful yourself,’ he smiled.’
      • ‘The tables are a convenient eyeful, documenting poverty, unionization, and ‘demographic variation’ rates across national borders.’
      • ‘With scarcely any natural life save for a multitude of rock formations and thin brush, the flat, dusty wasteland was more of an eyesore than an eyeful.’
      • ‘And Marie-Josee Croze is more than an eyeful in her brief appearance.’
      • ‘Especially since Jill was an eyeful and I was just your average scruffy male.’
      beautiful sight, vision, joy to behold, picture, dream, sensation, beauty, dazzler
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  • 2informal A quantity or piece of something thrown or blown into the eye.

    ‘ an eyeful of woodworm fluid’
    • ‘Or they're covered in clouds, and looking to see if they're there means an eyeful of rainwater.’
    • ‘By public places, I mean ‘enclosed’ spaces, although I have to say that I intensely dislike passing smokers in the street and getting an eyeful, a lungful, a hairful of their poisonous halitosis.’
    • ‘Another Sailor got an eyeful of hydraulic fluid while conducting catapult preventive maintenance checks.’
    • ‘The holes in the sides meant you still might end up with an eyeful of paint and the lack of full facial coverage meant you might go home with a few welts on the forehead.’

Pronunciation

eyeful

/ˈʌɪfʊl/ /ˈʌɪf(ə)l/