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adjective \ˈblēk\

Simple Definition of bleak

  • : not warm, friendly, cheerful, etc.

  • : not hopeful or encouraging

Full Definition of bleak

  1. 1 :  exposed and barren and often windswept

  2. 2 :  cold, raw <a bleak November evening>

  3. 3 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>.


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