1. a dog big eyed

  2. big eyed dog

First: I would like to ask if 1 and 2 are the same in meaning?

Second: are they valid constructions?

and finally: is "eyed" an adjective?

  • 1. No. 2. Yes. 3. Yes. Commented Dec 15, 2022 at 11:59
  • Can you provide a longer sentence in which you would use these expressions? I don't find (1) very natural. Big-eyed could be written with a hyphen, like black-haired and long-legged. Commented Dec 15, 2022 at 12:03
  • @Kate Bunting, I would like to know which if any situation I can place the big eyed in front of dog(the noun), get it? Commented Dec 15, 2022 at 13:12
  • @Kate Bunting, also I would like to know if big eyed is exactly the same as "big eye" right? I mean: the "big eye dog" is same as "the big eyed dog" correct? Commented Dec 15, 2022 at 13:15
  • @Kate Bunting, I believe when we put the "big eyed" after dog is same as when we put Impossible after Mission as in Mission Impossible correct? Commented Dec 15, 2022 at 13:24

2 Answers 2


"eyed" means "having eyes of the type or number specified". It's an adjective. You can make compound adjective with it:

a one-eyed monster

a blue-eyed girl

You can say

A dog big-eyed me.

meaning the dog attentively looked at you with their big eyes.

I saw a big-eyed dog.

meaning you met a dog who had big eyes.


An expression like big-eyed normally comes before the thing that it describes. It can't be replaced with big eye dog.

We don't normally put the adjective after the noun in English, except in some special cases like court martial. In literary language we might follow a noun with a phrase describing it, for example:

A dog, big-eyed and long-haired, came towards us wagging its tail.

  • get it. But what would be the difference between: "big eyed dog" and "big eye dog"?? Commented Dec 15, 2022 at 14:03
  • Americans say 'I ate a big-ass burger', don't they? Commented Dec 15, 2022 at 16:11
  • @Michael Harvey, I guess they do LOL!, and that makes "big eyed dog" and "big eye dog" the same? Commented Dec 15, 2022 at 16:53
  • @thralhothakles - I'm not sure if the 'big-ass' relates to the burger or the effect on the eater. Being serious, using an adjective phrase like this: 'a big-eye dog' is non-standard, casual, informal and regional. Commented Dec 15, 2022 at 16:56
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    Michael is joking that eating a big burger would make you put on weight and have a big bottom! Commented Dec 15, 2022 at 17:40

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