Synonyms of eye in English:


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1‘he rubbed his eyes wearily’

organ of sight, eyeball
informal peeper
literary orb
archaic, humorous optic
rare globe

2eyes‘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

5also eyes‘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

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, New Zealand informal perv on


    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


    set eyes on

    ‘I'd never set eyes on him before’

    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
    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
    informal pushed, up against it, up to here