from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the eyes filled with tears, as if by the effect of an onion applied to them.
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We spend some time with "The Shakespeare Insult Kit," which offers choice adjectives and nouns from the Bard's work that one can configure in any number of combinations, such as "thou dankish, fat-kidneyed moldwarp" or "thou mammering, onion-eyed ratsbane."
Get the constable into the parlour, said I, with three or four of the forwardest of the mob, and produce one of the nymphs, onion-eyed, in a moment, with disordered head-dress and handkerchief, and let her own herself the person: the occasion, a female skirmish: but satisfied with the justice done her.
Perhaps on "Talk Like Shakespeare Day," other politicians will resort to name-calling with phrases like, "thou churlish onion-eyed scullion," or "thou logger-headed, fat-kidneyed malt worm."