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[goo-glee] /ˈgu gli/

noun, plural googlies. Cricket.
a bowled ball that swerves in one direction and breaks in the other.
noun (pl) -lies
(cricket) an off break bowled with a leg break action

as a noun, a cricket term, 1903, of unknown origin. As an adjective, of eyes, 1901.


Protruding; exophthalmic: her great big googly eyes

[1901+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr goggle, which meant ”stare at admiringly or amorously”; perhaps fr mid-1800s google, ”the Adam’s apple,” where the eyes are thought of as similarly protruding; perhaps influenced by goo in the sense of ”sentimental, amorous”; popularized by the hero of a comic strip]


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