Definition of Black eye

1. Noun. A swollen bruise caused by a blow to the eye.

Exact synonyms: Mouse, Shiner
Generic synonyms: Bruise, Contusion



2. Noun. A bad reputation. "His behavior gave the whole family a black eye"
Generic synonyms: Reputation, Repute

3. Noun. An unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating.
Exact synonyms: Blow, Reversal, Reverse, Setback
Generic synonyms: Happening, Natural Event, Occurrence, Occurrent
Specialized synonyms: Whammy
Derivative terms: Set Back

Definition of Black eye

1. Noun. An eye which has been bruised showing noticeable hematoma, especially after receiving a blow. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Black eye

1. Ecchymosis of the lids and their surroundings. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Black Eye

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black elder
black elderberry
black eye (current term)
black eyes
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Literary usage of Black eye

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1839)
"Rubens, the painter, had a black eye, and it is remarkable that he had not a nice sense ... Another celebrated painter remarks, that a black eye is not the ..."

2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"Mouse (pugilistic) a black eye, now a common expression. Poor Chinnery, our favourite " pug," I fear came off but ill; He has a blister on his foot, ..."

3. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"He's green, with лп enchanting tuft ; He melts me with his small black eye ; He'd look inimitable stuffed, And knows it,—but he will not die ! ..."

4. The Student's Guide to Diseases of the Eye by Edward Nettleship (1882)
"In ordinary " black eye" the ecchymosis is superficial, and, if it affect either the palpebral or ocular conjunctiva, does not pass far back. ..."

5. Hints on Advocacy: Conduct of Cases Civil and Criminal : Classes of by Richard Harris (1882)
"SCIENTIFIC DEFINITION OF A " black eye." A great deal of what is termed medical evidence is not medical evidence in any sense of the term, except that it is ..."

6. Cyclopedia of American Agriculture: A Popular Survey of Agricultural by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1907)
"The following list of peas tested the present season is grouped according to color : White : black eye, Blue Hull, Conch, Large Lady, Mush, Pony, Red Eye, ..."

7. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1839)
"Rubens, the painter, had a black eye, and it is remarkable that he had not a nice sense ... Another celebrated painter remarks, that a black eye is not the ..."

8. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"Mouse (pugilistic) a black eye, now a common expression. Poor Chinnery, our favourite " pug," I fear came off but ill; He has a blister on his foot, ..."

9. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"He's green, with лп enchanting tuft ; He melts me with his small black eye ; He'd look inimitable stuffed, And knows it,—but he will not die ! ..."

10. The Student's Guide to Diseases of the Eye by Edward Nettleship (1882)
"In ordinary " black eye" the ecchymosis is superficial, and, if it affect either the palpebral or ocular conjunctiva, does not pass far back. ..."

11. Hints on Advocacy: Conduct of Cases Civil and Criminal : Classes of by Richard Harris (1882)
"SCIENTIFIC DEFINITION OF A " black eye." A great deal of what is termed medical evidence is not medical evidence in any sense of the term, except that it is ..."

12. Cyclopedia of American Agriculture: A Popular Survey of Agricultural by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1907)
"The following list of peas tested the present season is grouped according to color : White : black eye, Blue Hull, Conch, Large Lady, Mush, Pony, Red Eye, ..."

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