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


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