discoloration of the skin around the eye, resulting from a blow, bruise, etc.
a mark of shame, dishonor, etc.:
These slums are a black eye to our town.
Your behavior will give the family a black eye.
Jacques Bonneval Anne Manning
The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.) Grant Hague
Up From Slavery: An Autobiography Booker T. Washington
Lord Tony’s Wife Baroness Emmuska Orczy
A Week’s Tramp in Dickens-Land William R. Hughes
bruising round the eye
All in the Downs the fleet was moored,
The streamers waving in the wind,
When black-eyed Susan came aboard,
“Oh! where shall I my true love find?
Tell me, ye jovial sailors, tell me true,
If my sweet William sails among the crew?”
An eye surrounded with darkened areas of contusion; mouse, shiner (1600s+)
A bad reputation; an adverse and damaging public image: That story gave me a black eye (1880s+)
A mark of shame, a humiliating setback, as in That there are enough homeless folks to need another shelter is a black eye for the administration. This metaphor alludes to having discolored flesh around the eye resulting from a blow. The term is also used literally, as in The mugger not only took Bill’s wallet but gave him a black eye. [ Late 1800s ]
cowpea. Historical Examples Antigua and the Antiguans, Volume II (of 2) Anonymous noun another name for cowpea (sense 2)
any of a number of composite plants having daisylike flowers with a dark center disk and usually yellow ray flowers, especially Rudbeckia hirta: the state flower of Maryland. Historical Examples Seven O’Clock Stories Robert Gordon Anderson History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alfred Guy Kingan L’Estrange Seven O’Clock Stories Robert Gordon Anderson Seven […]
Theater. an entertainer, especially one in a minstrel show, made up in the role of a black. the makeup, as burnt cork, used in this role: They performed in blackface. Printing. a heavy-faced type. Contemporary Examples Why It’s Time to End Blackface, Finally Soraya Roberts October 30, 2013 How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and […]
a member of a North American tribe of Indians of Algonquian stock. the Algonquian language of the Blackfeet. of or relating to the Blackfeet. a town in SE Idaho. Contemporary Examples We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night Nathan Bradley Bethea June 1, 2014 […]