from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • adj. eager and alert


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  • 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..."

  • 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.


  • 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

  • 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.

    Lancaster's 10 best budget restaurants, pubs and cafes

  • 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?

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

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • 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

  • U.S. Postal Service A bright-eyed puppy and kitten graced two new first-class postage stamps on Sept. 20, 2002, to help educate people about the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

    Stamps of Approval

  • Bubbly and bright-eyed, the new girl roams the halls of Seattle Grace with a sense of awe.

    On the Set: Shepherd Siblings Reunite for Grey's Anatomy-Private Practice Crossover


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