Definition of bad eye in English:

bad eye

Pronunciation /ˌbad ˈʌɪ/


  • 1"to look upon with a bad eye" and variants: to take a dim view of; to look askance at or disapprove of.

  • 2 informal A gaze or stare superstitiously believed to cause harm; the magical ability to cause harm in this way. Compare "evil eye". Now chiefly Caribbean.

  • 3A harsh or unkind expression of the eyes, suggesting a malevolent disposition. Also (frequently in plural): a threatening or warning glance.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Reynolds. From bad + eye, after French mauvais oeil.