Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having bright eyes.
  • adjective Alert and eager.

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  • adjective eager and alert

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Examples

  • Then he squatted and, with the thought of Femi — bright-eyed and smiling, brewing sweet tea with her glasses high on her nose, rocking Nyah to sleep in the porch swing before the Christmas party, the jasmine in the window box in bloom — pushed to the forefront of his mind, he pulled up the coffin and turned it over.

    The Laugh

  • I typically wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and, after brushing my tail, make a cup of strong coffee and compile a list of Things To Do that is Napoleonic in its ambition.

    The evapo-day

  • A trio of lamb, chicken and vegetable samosas were, the rather tokenistic salad aside, great value at £3.75, all bursting with flavoursome ground meat and bright-eyed vegetables, all breezily seasoned with fresh herbs and spices.

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  • Macfarland and his men, one of their OSS colleagues recalls, were “bright-eyed Americans in a very complex place.”

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Eggs were served, or rather laced, with something that then kept my darling, bright-eyed, lady's man of a grandfather in bed for days!

    The Divorced Girls: Just What Is Wrong With Ex Lax-laced Cookies for the Ex?

  • For many, the relationship between work and identity comes to the foreground when they have kids and are asked by their bright-eyed progeny, "What do you do at work?"

    Aaron Hurst: Mommy & Daddy Do It Pro Bono

  • In life, she appeared the antithesis of suicidal ideation: excellent grades, well-liked in school and community, babysitting neighbors' children, teaching Sunday School to three and four-year-olds her "tiny ones", bright-eyed when speaking, frequently, of her thoughtful plans for the future, mature beyond her years.

    Confession

  • Again, please know we're here, bright-eyed in the dark, ears perked for what ever slightest laugh of sigh you toss our way; you are the fire at cavern's entrance.

    "I have burned my tomorrows, and I stand inside today..."

  • For many, the relationship between work and identity comes to the foreground when they have kids and are asked by their bright-eyed progeny, "What do you do at work?"

    Aaron Hurst: Mommy & Daddy Do It Pro Bono

  • Eggs were served, or rather laced, with something that then kept my darling, bright-eyed, lady's man of a grandfather in bed for days!

    The Divorced Girls: Just What Is Wrong With Ex Lax-laced Cookies for the Ex?

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