doe-eyed

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doe-eyed (comparative more doe-eyed, superlative most doe-eyed)

  1. With the eyes wide open, so as to appear childishly innocent.
    • 2000, Dudley Jones, Tony Watkins, A necessary fantasy?: the heroic figure in children's popular culture (page 273)
      The graphic energy of their martial arts combat was toned down, their slit-eyed ethnic specificity was made into doe-eyed racial ambiguity and their cynical sneers softened into eager grins.
    • 2014 January 21, Hermione Hoby, “Julia Roberts interview for August: Osage County – 'I might actually go to hell for this ...': Julia Roberts reveals why her violent, Oscar-nominated performance in August: Osage County made her feel 'like a terrible person' [print version: 'I might actually go to hell for this ...' (18 January 2014, p. R4)]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review)[1]:
      [H]owever hard she pushed the tough-talkin' shtick, she remained doe-eyed, glowing and somehow unassailably demure.

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