Today is Dear Husband’s birthday, so he gets a WOW post with a slang term in his honor. Because I loves him. And because he does this (in a manly way, of course).
Sheep’s Eyes (noun)
Loving looks, attested from the 1520s. From the word sheepish (bashful). To cast sheep’s eyes at any thing means to look wishfully at it.
Interestingly enough, I found more portraits of men casting sheep’s eyes than women. Perhaps, as Lady Catherine accused Elizabeth Bennet, women’s:
“. . . arts and allurements may, in a moment of infatuation, have made him forget what he owes to himself and to all his family. You may have drawn him in.”
Pride and Prejudice, Volume 3, Chapter 14 (Chapter 56)
Cast those loving looks our way, gentlemen.
And my favorite of all sheep’s eyes pictures:
- Slang term taken from the Online Etymological Dictionary and 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.
- Pride and Prejudice quote found at Pemberley.com.