Definitions for black eye

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

black′ eye′(n.)

  1. discoloration of the skin around the eye, resulting from a blow, bruise, etc.

  2. a damaged reputation.

Origin of black eye:

1595–1605

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shiner, black eye, mouse(noun)

    a swollen bruise caused by a blow to the eye

  2. black eye(noun)

    a bad reputation

    "his behavior gave the whole family a black eye"

  3. reverse, reversal, setback, blow, black eye(noun)

    an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

Wiktionary

  1. black eye(Noun)

    An eye which has been bruised showing noticeable hematoma, especially after receiving a blow.

Freebase

  1. Black eye

    A black eye, periorbital hematoma, or a shiner, is ecchymosis around the eye commonly due to an injury to the face rather than eye injury. The name is given due to the color of bruising. The so-called black eye is caused by bleeding beneath the skin and around the eye. Sometimes, a black eye indicates a more extensive injury, even a skull fracture, particularly if the area around both eyes is bruised, or if there has been a prior head injury. Although most black eye injuries aren't serious, bleeding within the eye, called a hyphema, is serious and can reduce vision and damage the cornea. In some cases, abnormally high pressure inside the eyeball also can result.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

black eye

an eye with bad bruising around it (eg from a punch)

George gave me a black eye.

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