Definition of bleak
- a bleak landscape
- bleak soils
a bleak outlook for the team for the rest of the season
it was a dark and bleak wintry day
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First Known Use: 1574See Words from the same year
black, cheerless, chill, cloudy, cold, comfortless, dark, darkening, depressing, depressive, desolate, dire, disconsolate, dismal, drear, dreary, elegiac (also elegiacal), forlorn, funereal, gloomy, glum, godforsaken, gray (also grey), lonely, lonesome, lugubrious, miserable, morbid, morose, murky, saturnine, sepulchral, solemn, somber (or sombre), sullen, sunless, wretched;
: not warm, friendly, cheerful, etc.
: not hopeful or encouraging
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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