wide-eyed

1) ADJ: usu ADJ n If you describe someone as wide-eyed, you mean that they are inexperienced and innocent, and may be easily impressed.

Her wide-eyed innocence soon exposes the pretensions of the art world.

...a wide-eyed boy ready to explore.

2) ADJ If you describe someone as wide-eyed, you mean that their eyes are more open than usual, especially because they are surprised or frightened.

She is wide-eyed with astonishment.

...an expression of wide-eyed amazement.

ADV-GRADED: ADV after v
Wide-eyed is also an adverb.

Trevor was staring wide-eyed at me.


English dictionary. 2008.

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