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

  • adjective Having protruding eyes.
  • adjective Wide-eyed, as with astonishment or curiosity; agog.

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  • adjective Having bulging or protruding eyes


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  • His bug-eyed expressions and yowls of exasperation don't give us a jot of insight into his obtuse character.

    'Furry Vengeance': Coarse family film is a slapstick stinker

  • In the 1997 film (and not the much more subtle original Heinlein novel), The Rodger Young is a corvette piloted by the fresh-faced and bug-eyed Carmen Ibanez.

    Forgotten Geek: Six giant starships you forgot about

  • In ten years it would be run into the ground, full of bug-eyed meth freaks.

    Shortcut Man

  • Instead, the facade looks like a stack of bug-eyed glass pods.

    High Line Hits a Snag

  • The designer's next iteration of the small, affordable car, in 1933, was called the Standard-Superior, and in it one can clearly see the distinctive beetle shape emerging—the bug-eyed headlights, the small, flat windscreen and the rounded crown line running from the roof to the tail end.

    What a Long Strange Trip

  • AND, they shrieked even louder that the district must not close down the local jr high (in order to aggregate more children into a single location so that broader education could be offered tailored to the needs and interests of each individual child). never under estimate the non-linear nature of the results of screaming bug-eyed single mothers with limited information and rationality (and more children than money) shrieking about 'the children'.

    Page One of My Next Book, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • But the bug-eyed critter was cute, and Joy might like it, so I tossed it in the cart.

    Mercy Kill

  • Z explains it over and over with bug-eyed exasperation, pushing up his glasses.

    Camo Girl

  • There are no bug-eyed groupies lying on the taupe calfskin sofas, nor any music to speak of echoing through the clean-lined industrial showroom, which features the latest subtle-hued collection.

    Fusing Rock 'N' Roll With Fashion

  • In Bollywood Hero, Kattan's diminutive stature and bug-eyed style cause a rift between neophyte Dancing Boy filmmakers Monty (Ali Fazal) and Priya (Pooja Kumar), who discover that casting and financing a romantic epic featuring the goofy Corky Romano star can be problematic.

    Live, from Mumbai! It's Chris Kattan and 'Bollywood Hero'


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