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I am trying to describe a big-eyed girl. I was not getting a proper phrase in English to describe her eyes. What is the proper one-word phrase for the big-eyed girl in English? The title looks odd when I write " The Boy who loved big-eyed girl". Is there some attractive phrase?

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  • I think it's usual to use a postmodifying phrase (usually a with-phrase), probably as this sounds less in-your-face. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 28 '19 at 16:31
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    As @EdwinAshworth implies, you would have to say 'the girl with big (or large) eyes'. Oddly enough, we describe people as 'blue-eyed', 'brown-eyed' or even 'one-eyed', but 'big-eyed' is not a common expression. – Kate Bunting Aug 28 '19 at 16:36
  • Do you mean thefreedictionary.com/wide-eyed? – JMP Aug 28 '19 at 16:46
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Doe-eyed

Doe-eyed is defined as someone who has an innocent, wide-eyed look. A naive girl with big eyes who looks at you for answers is an example of someone who is doe-eyed.

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Note: this is diffeeent from bambi-eyes, which is an expression someone makes when they want to get their way.

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You could say she has anime eyes.

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James Cameron's 'Alita: Battle Angel' stars creepy CG anime eyes

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As you have sensed, the form adjective-eyed or even animal-eyed generates quite a few results in English. Here are several related to size, from the Oxford English Dictionary's Historical Thesaurus for "the world > life > the body > external parts of body > head > face > eye > [adjective] > by size, shape, etc. > having (51)"

  • Goggle-eyed (older, emphasis on staring)
  • Great-eyed (large or prominent, also perceptive)
  • Large-eyed (large)
  • Full-eyed (full, large, or wide)
  • Broad-eyed (wide)
  • Ox-eyed (large, round, protuberant)
  • Saucer-eyed (wide, esp. in fear)
  • Wide-eyed (wide, esp. in surprise)
  • Moon-eyed (large, wide)
  • Big-eyed (large)
  • Pop-eyed (bulging, prominent, esp. in amazement)
  • Bug-eyed (wide, bulging, esp. in fear or surprise)

Some suggest emotions (saucer-eyed, wide-eyed, bug-eyed). Others are used fairly generally and neutrally (big-eyed, large-eyed). To a certain extent, you can also form other words with this format, if the noun or adjective you pick would make sense with -eyed:

When writing, attractiveness will be in the eye of the beholder. Someone who loves horses might find horse-eyes attractive. Someone who likes the moon might find moon-eyes swell. So if it seems like I've left some ugly eyes in here, it's only to not put limits on what your narrator might find attractive.

  • Now I want to write Van Morrison parodies for all these eyes. – TaliesinMerlin Aug 28 '19 at 17:56

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