wide-eyed

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wide + eye

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

  1. Having large or wide-open eyes.
    She was like her mother: tiny, curly-haired, and wide-eyed.
  2. (by extension) Astonished or surprised.
    The magician's trick left the audience wide-eyed.
    • 2014, Rebecca Ley, "City versus country childhoods", The Guardian, +201 December 2014:
      Country life doesn’t protect you from real life. A rural childhood may leave you wide-eyed a bit longer about some things, but it doesn’t confer the insulating innocence that some parents seem to hope.

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