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From eye +‎ ball. Compare Middle English balle off the eye, balle of þe eyȝe (eyeball, literally ball of the eye).


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eyeball (plural eyeballs)

  1. The ball of the eye.
    • 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I Scene 2
      Go, make thyself like a nymph o' th' sea.
      Be subject to no sight but thine and mine, invisible
      To every eyeball else. Go, take this shape,
      And hither come in't; go! Hence, with diligence!
  2. A person's focus of attention.
  3. (marketing, in the plural) A readership or viewership.
    We need compelling content for the new Web site so we can attract more eyeballs.
  4. (CB radio, slang) A face-to-face meeting.
    We had an eyeball last year.
  5. (Caribbean) A favourite or pet; the apple of someone's eye.


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eyeball (third-person singular simple present eyeballs, present participle eyeballing, simple past and past participle eyeballed)

  1. To gauge, estimate or judge by eye, rather than measuring precisely; to look or glance at.
    A good cook can often just eyeball the correct quantities of ingredients.
    Each geometric construction must be exact; eyeballing it and getting close does not count.
  2. To scrutinize
  3. To stare at intently
    Are you eyeballing my girl?
  4. To roll one's eyes.
    • 2018 April 10, Daniel Taylor, “Liverpool go through after Mohamed Salah stops Manchester City fightback”, in The Guardian (London)[1]:
      Guardiola strode on to the pitch at half-time to remonstrate with the Spanish referee, Antonio Mateu Lahoz, but went too far with his eyeballing and matador-like hand movements. He was “upstairs”, in the Colin Bell stand, to watch Liverpool’s second-half turnaround and a dismal seven days for City take another turn for the worse.

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