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7 Essential Eye-Related Arabic Verbs to Use Daily

Importance of Eye-related Arabic Verbs

Welcome to another blog series that will take you into the heart of the Arabic language, where even the simplest things like using our eyes can have a multitude of meanings. In these new blogs, we will be looking at different verbs and actions associated with essential body parts. As every body part is responsible for a variety of actions, each language expresses these actions in its own unique way. We carry out many actions with our eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hands, etc. Therefore, looking at the verbs that can help us express these actions is an essential part of learning and speaking a language.

Our first blog in this series will focus on one of the most important parts of our body, which is the eyes. Imagine the wide array of actions we do with our eyes from looking and seeing to glancing and staring. These verbs do not only express actions but also reflect deeper emotions and intentions behind some actions.

Today we will look at 7 main Arabic verbs that are related to our most precious body part; the eyes.

Understanding these eye-related verbs and knowing how to use them can add a whole new dimension to your Arabic chats. It can make your conversations more lively, more real, and definitely more interesting. Whether you’re learning Arabic out of passion, for school, for work, or just to try something new, these verbs will bring a real sparkle to your Arabic vocabulary.

So, are you ready to step into this fascinating aspect of the Arabic language? Let’s start!

Verb 1: يَنْظُر


Eye-related Verb - Glance

to look  ينظر\ نظر
The student is looking at the teacher during the explanation. ينظر الطّالب إلى الأستاذ أثناء شرح الدّرس
The man looked up at the sky, searching for stars. نظر الرّجل إلى السّماء، بحثًا عن النّجوم
The girl is looking at the flowers in the garden. تنظر الفتاة إلى الأزهار في الحديقة


Looking is a basic human action, and mastering the verb “ينظر” will allow you to describe where someone is directing their gaze. Whether you’re discussing an art piece or describing the way someone is examining their surroundings, “ينظر” is a versatile verb that will enrich your Arabic vocabulary. 

There are two other verbs similar to this action that are as commonly used – يرى and يبصر, each with subtle differences in meaning. The verbs يرى and ينظر primarily focus on the physical act of seeing, without involving the mind to interpret what is seen. On the other hand, يبصر implies that the person not only sees the image but also understands it more deeply.


Verb 2: يُشَاهِد


Eye-related Verb - Watch

to watch  يشاهد \ شاهد
The audience is watching the play attentively. يُشاهد الحضورُ المسرحية بانتباهٍ
The mother is watching her children playing in the park. تُشاهد الأمُّ أطفالها وهم يلعبون في الحديقة
The coach watched the team’s performance during practice. شاهد المدرّب أداء فريقه خلال التّمرين


When you’re observing something more attentively, the verb “يشاهد” is a perfect choice. Whether it’s watching a movie, a sports event, or monitoring someone’s actions, “يشاهد” helps you convey focused attention. Unlike the first verb which does not take a long time, this verb also indicates using your eyes for an extended period with a decided intention. 


Verb 3: يُلَاحِظ


Eye-related Verb - Notice

to notice  يلاحظ \ لاحظ
The teacher noticed the student’s improved performance. لاحظ الأستاذ تحسّنًا في أداء الطّالب
The girl notices whenever there’s a change in her friend’s behavior. تلاحظ الفتاة أي تغيير يطرأ على سلوك صديقتها
The driver noticed the new traffic signal. لاحظ السائق إشارة المرور الجديدة


Noticing something requires a level of awareness and attention to detail. The verb “يلاحظ” can be used to describe when someone observes a change, a pattern, or a detail that may not be immediately apparent.


Verb 4: يَبْكِي


Eye-related Verb - Cry

to cry يبكي \ بكى
The child cries when he is away from his mother. يبكي الطّفل عندما يكون بعيدًا عن أمّه
The woman cried due to losing her job. بكت المرأة لخسارتها عملها
The young man cried after reading the sad news. بكى الشابُّ بعد أن قرأ الخبر الحزين


Crying is a powerful expression of sadness, and “يبكي” allows you to describe this emotion in Arabic. Whether it’s due to sadness, frustration, or joy, “يبكي” will enable you to discuss the emotional aspects of a situation.


Verb 5: يُحَدِّق


Eye-related Verb - Stare

to stare يحدّق \ حدّق
The boy stared at the artwork in admiration. حدّق الصبيّ في العمل الفنّي بإعجاب
The lady stared at her husband in anger. حدّقتِ السيدة بزوجها غاضبةً
The cat stares at the mouse with curiosity. حدّقت القطة بالفأر بفضول


Staring involves a fixed, intense gaze, and “يحدّق” is the Arabic verb you need to describe it. This verb can be used to express admiration, curiosity, or even aggression, depending on the context.


Verb 6: يَغْمِز


Eye-related Verb - Wink

to wink يغمز \ غمز
The young man winked at his friend in agreement. غمز الشاب لصديقه تأييدًا له
The girl winked at her sister playfully. غمزت الفتاة أختها مازحةً
The actor winked at the audience during the performance. غمز الممثّل الجمهور أثناء أدائه للدّور


Winking is a playful and often flirtatious action, and “يغمز” is the verb that captures this expression in Arabic. Use it to describe someone’s cheeky, conspiratorial, or reassuring gesture.


Verb 7: يَسْتَرِقُ النَّظَر

/Yastariqu alnnaẓar/

Eye-related Verb - Peek

to peek يسترق النّظر \ استرق النّظر
The child peeked at his birthday gifts. استرق الطّفل النّظر إلى هدايا عيد ميلاده
The lady peeked at the last page of the book. استرقت المرأة النّظر إلى آخر صفحة في الكتاب
The neighbor peeks through the window to see what is happening. يسترق الجار النظر عبر النّافذة ليرى ما يجري


Peeking implies a secretive or curious glance, often accompanied by a desire to remain unnoticed. The verb “يسترق النظر” is perfect for describing situations where someone is trying to catch a glimpse of something without being detected. The literal meaning of this expression is “to steal a look”, which is very expressive.



And there you have it – the wonderful world of eye-related Arabic verbs. Can you see how they bring a fresh, lively twist to your Arabic conversations? 

You can practice these eye-related verbs further by taking our quick quiz to enhance your understanding. After you complete the quiz, you can check your answers and learn from your mistakes.

Keep practicing, keep exploring, and keep your eyes wide open to the beauty of the Arabic language. There’s so much more to discover, and I can’t wait to guide you through it all. Thank you for joining me on this journey, and stay tuned for more fascinating aspects of the Arabic language.


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Dania Ghraoui
Dania has worked as a language instructor and translator for almost 10 years. She has a special interest in the Arabic language and learning methods.
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