Definition of bleak
1 : exposed and barren and often windswept a bleak landscape bleak soils
3a : lacking in warmth, life, or kindliness : grim a bleak prison documentaryb : not hopeful or encouraging : depressing a bleak prognosis a bleak outlook the future looks bleakc : severely simple or austere a bleak hotel room
Examples of bleak in a Sentence
a bleak outlook for the team for the rest of the season
it was a dark and bleak wintry day
Recent Examples of bleak from the Web
Conditions appeared bleak in the northern Great Plains, but no major wildfires were burning in the region Saturday, according to the federal government’s InciWeb fire information system.
For a while now, the future of rental-car companies has appeared bleak.
Things are looking bleak as hell at the police station.
HARRISBURG — Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa painted a bleak picture of state finances Monday, predicting lawmakers and the governor will put band-aids on the next two budgets instead of fixing problems by enacting steady revenue increases.
Under President McClure's administration, the future of governance at the university is bleak.
Lillard Sr. was in the hospital and the outlook was bleak.
Take a step or two further back in the production process, and the picture gets bleaker still.
While North Korea's move to free Warmbier could potentially provide an opening for talks on security issues, the prospects still appear bleak.
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Origin and Etymology of bleak
Middle English bleke pale; probably akin to Old English blāc
First Known Use: 1574See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of bleak
BLEAK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bleak for English Language Learners
: not warm, friendly, cheerful, etc.
: not hopeful or encouraging
BLEAK Defined for Kids
Definition of bleak for Students
1 : open to wind or weather a bleak coast
2 : being cold and raw or cheerless a bleak wind a bleak landscape
3 : not hopeful or encouraging The future looks bleak.
bleaklyadverb stared bleakly
Seen and Heard
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