Definitions for black eye

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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


  1. black eye(Noun)

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


  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.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Miss Piggy:

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.

  2. Miss Piggy:

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.

  3. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips:

    If we get it right, our environmental policy will make us world leaders on this issue instead of giving us a black eye around the world.

  4. Jane Anderson:

    Now when a woman comes with a black eye, and her occupation is listed as a dancer, we don't just assume that the guy who did this is her boyfriend.

  5. Gordon Derrick:

    I don't think there is a black eye on the Caribbean per se, or that because these two( cases) happened back to back and therefore no-one else can do it. I think that would be unfair, yes the confidence( in the Caribbean) will be down, but we are a proud people from a proud area, who have ability ; who can govern and who are intelligent. So if someone from the Caribbean steps up, they will step up and do well.

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