Old school prison slang for a child molester. Term entered the public lexicon in the late 1970s when Miguel Piñero adapted his play Short Eyes into a movie with the same title that became a cult classic and had a popular soundtrack album performed by Curtis Mayfield, including the hit single Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here. The movie is about a pedophile, or "short eyes", who gets tortured and ultimately killed by his fellow inmates after they find out what he's in jail for.

However, the term is rarely used these days. More common current terms for child molesters in prison are chomo and skinner.
Let's shank short eyes in the showers...
by Datch Guy March 29, 2022
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A bigot /one who believes those of races unlike their own are less than or unequal. One who holds racial biases towards others.
by Mr Dc April 29, 2014
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a pedophile, or one who is jailed for child molestation
It's dangerous to be labeled Short Eyes in prison.
by A. Scott Falk October 31, 2005
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The minute a short-eyes hits the shower in the Federal Hotel, he starts getting a taste of his own medicine.
by Blackwolf Morrow October 1, 2005
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Every parent knows what short-eyes means. It's that weird man (or woman) who doesn't look the parent in the eye, but instead looks down to stare at the children. In prison, it refers to a pedo.
Husband: Did you see that weird dude looking down at our little Suzy ???
Wife: I did. He's definitely a short-eye.
Husband: Should I kick the pedo's ass ?
Wife: Let's just get the hell outta here before he comes back !
by Coma-doof warrior May 26, 2017
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a prison incarcerated for child moslestion.
"don't associate with him cuz his got short eyes"
by x July 27, 2003
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Synonym for pedophile.

Obverse of muther fucker.

One who should be executed with a hot clothes iron slowly over 10 years.

(Note: Should NOT be confused with sho-tay or shorty)
"Being a short-eye is one of the lowest criminal profiles, even the worst convicted prisoners loath pedophiles"
by zor November 25, 2003
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