wide-eyed


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wide-eyed

(wīd′īd′)
adj.
1. Having the eyes completely opened, as in wonder.
2. Innocent; credulous.

wide-eyed

adj
innocent or credulous

wide′-eyed`



adj.
having the eyes open wide, as in amazement, innocence, or sleeplessness.
[1850–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wide-eyed - exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity; "childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "listened in round-eyed wonder"
naif, naive - marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience; "a teenager's naive ignorance of life"; "the naive assumption that things can only get better"; "this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances"
2.wide-eyed - (used of eyes) fully open or extended; "stared with wide eyes"
opened, open - used of mouth or eyes; "keep your eyes open"; "his mouth slightly opened"

wide-eyed

adjective
1. naive, green, trusting, credulous, simple, innocent, impressionable, unsophisticated, ingenuous, wet behind the ears (informal), unsuspicious, as green as grass He told tall stories to a wide-eyed group of tourists.
2. staring, spellbound, gobsmacked (Brit. slang), dumbfounded, agog, agape, thunderstruck, goggle-eyed, awe-stricken She was wide-eyed in astonishment.
Translations

wide-eyed

[ˈwaɪdˈaɪd] ADJcon los ojos muy abiertos, con los ojos como platos (fig) → inocente, cándido

wide-eyed

[ˌwaɪdˈaɪd] adjcon gli occhi spalancati
References in classic literature ?
Out they toddled from rugged Avila, wide-eyed and helpless-looking as two fawns, but with human hearts, already beating to a national idea; until domestic reality met them in the shape of uncles, and turned them back from their great resolve.
Fascinated, the girl stood gazing in wide-eyed astonishment as one end of the hatch rose higher and higher until a little patch of blue sky revealed the fact that morning had come.
Again and again the merciless leather fell, while in the boats below Muda Saffir and his men shouted loud cries of encouragement to their companions on the ship, and a wide-eyed girl in the stern of Muda Saffir's own prahu looked on in terror, hope and admiration at the man of her own race whom she felt was battling against all these odds for her alone.
Kulan Tith and his Kaolians stood wide-eyed and speechless with amazement as they saw thousands of these strange, fierce warriors emerge from the companion-way of the small craft that could not comfortably have accomodated more than fifty.
Then he began his preparation for the lottery of death, while Jane Porter sat wide-eyed and horrified at thought of the thing that she was about to witness.
Momaya, wide-eyed, stood rooted to the spot, watching, fascinated.
A little shudder passed through the wide-eyed guests.
So it's all true," said Aunt Em, wide-eyed with amazement, "and what Dorothy told us of this fairy country was plain facts instead of dreams
He took a step toward one of the exits, and then he halted, wide-eyed in astonishment and terror, for almost at the same instant a dozen doors opened in the courtyard wall and a horde of frightful men rushed in upon him.
After a circular and startled glance, as of a man waking up abruptly to the sense of danger, he would throw himself back, and under the downward gaze of the old sorcerer take up, wide-eyed, the slender thread of his dream.
With a bound that left them gaping in wide-eyed astonishment I sprang completely over them.
With the lodgment of this thought she stopped in wide-eyed terror.