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

  • adjective Having the eyes wide-open, as in infatuation, wonder, or grief.
  • adjective Able to see well at night.
  • adjective Moonblind.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Affected with mooneye; having eyes affected by the moon, or supposed to be so affected.
  • Dim-eyed; purblind.
  • Noting certain fishes, as the Hyodontidæ or mooneyes.
  • Having feathers marked towards the ends with rounded or oval spots, as in the spangled Hamburg breeds of fowls.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having eyes affected by the moon; moonblind; dim-eyed; purblind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective having wide open eyes


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Germanic: moon + to eye; parallel to the cognate, yet non-synonymous Dutch maanoog



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  • (adjective) - (1) Having eyes affected by the moon; suffering from moon-eye.

    --Robert Hunter's Encyclopædic Dictionary, 1894

    (2) When folks are moon-eyed, they have to gleg at you (look askance) out of the corner of the eye.

    --R.E.G. Cole's Words Used in South-West Lincolnshire, 1886

    (3) Owl-eyed, that can see better at night than by day.

    --Edward Phillips's New World of Words, 1706

    January 14, 2018