American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a naively enthusiastic, overoptimistic, or romantic view; unrealistic: a starry-eyed reformer; starry-eyed idealism.
- adj. unrealistically or naively optimistic
“Those sexy curves, those glossy wet neon planes, the liquid marble lips, the starry-eyed bulbs and longing tips bursting out gravity-free -- can't you hear it?”
“The most heroic guy in town -- a true Ayn Rand colossus -- is brought low and defeated by a starry-eyed socialist who pretends to be a businessman but wouldn't know how to scoop up a great deal if fell out of the pockets of the guy in front of him.”
“Quiet folks ... the woman who should have been the 44th President of the United States is handling our starry-eyed mainstream media with the ease that comes with being a part of the most successful Democratic presidential legacy since FDR (see Bill Clinton).”
“Let the wine speak for itself and do away with all the noise contributed by pompous winemakers and starry-eyed marketers that no longer have the ability to look at their wines with objectivity.”
“After the traditional group photos on the front porch, we drove off, leaving the starry-eyed young'uns to make their way on Mars.”
“The earnings shortfall is mostly owed to starry-eyed forecasting, but buyers should wait, writes Jack Hough.”
“Caithe and Zojja were not starry-eyed about the prospects, either.”
“No, this was a uniquely charr torment—with churning water and buoyant hyenas and a pesky human and a starry-eyed sylvari leading a parade of fools.”
“But back in 1927, Nan Britton couldn't find a publisher willing to touch her account of her affair, as a starry-eyed teenager, with President Warren G.”
“It isn't the sum of a few more malentendus* that will soon shake up my quotidien, * but one starry-eyed survivor who, by her breath, will be a constant reminder to part from my tree-hugging ways, to venture out to the end of the limb and consider the view from the tip of an unsteady branch.”
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