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
Origin and Etymology of bleak
Middle English bleke pale; probably akin to Old English blāc
First Known Use: 1574
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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