Simple Definition of bleak
: not warm, friendly, cheerful, etc.
: not hopeful or encouraging
Examples of bleak
<a bleak outlook for the team for the rest of the season>
<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
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