adjective \ˈblēk\

: not warm, friendly, cheerful, etc.

: not hopeful or encouraging

Full Definition of BLEAK

:  exposed and barren and often windswept
:  cold, raw <a bleak November evening>
a :  lacking in warmth, life, or kindliness :  grim
b :  not hopeful or encouraging :  depressing <a bleak outlook>
c :  severely simple or austere
bleak·ly adverb
bleak·ness noun

Examples of BLEAK

  1. <a bleak outlook for the team for the rest of the season>
  2. <it was a dark and bleak wintry day>

Origin of BLEAK

Middle English bleke pale; probably akin to Old English blāc
First Known Use: 1574

Synonym Discussion of BLEAK

dismal, dreary, bleak, gloomy, cheerless, desolate mean devoid of cheer or comfort. dismal indicates extreme and utterly depressing gloominess <dismal weather>. dreary, often interchangeable with dismal, emphasizes discouragement resulting from sustained dullness or futility <a dreary job>. bleak suggests chill, dull, and barren characteristics that utterly dishearten <the bleak years of the depression>. gloomy often suggests lack of hope or promise <gloomy war news>. cheerless stresses absence of anything cheering <a drab and cheerless office>. desolate adds an element of utter remoteness or lack of human contact to any already disheartening aspect <a desolate outpost>.
BLEAK Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈblēk\

Definition of BLEAK for Kids

:  open to wind or weather <a bleak coast>
:  being cold and raw or cheerless <a bleak wind> <a bleak landscape>
:  not hopeful or encouraging <The future looks bleak.>
bleak·ly adverb <stared bleakly>
bleak·ness noun


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