bleak

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adjective \ˈblēk\

Definition of bleak

  1. 1 :  exposed and barren and often windswept <a bleak landscape> <bleak soils>

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

  3. 3a :  lacking in warmth, life, or kindliness :  grim <a bleak prison documentary>b :  not hopeful or encouraging :  depressing <a bleak prognosis> <a bleak outlook> <the future looks bleak>c :  severely simple or austere <a bleak hotel room>

bleakly

adverb

bleakness

noun

Examples of bleak in a sentence

  1. <a bleak outlook for the team for the rest of the season>

  2. <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

bleak

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adjective \ˈblēk\

Definition of bleak for English Language Learners

  • : not warm, friendly, cheerful, etc.

  • : not hopeful or encouraging


BLEAK Defined for Kids

bleak

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adjective \ˈblēk\

Definition of bleak for Students

bleaker

bleakest

  1. 1 :  open to wind or weather <a bleak coast>

  2. 2 :  being cold and raw or cheerless <a bleak wind> <a bleak landscape>

  3. 3 :  not hopeful or encouraging <The future looks bleak.>

bleakly

adverb <stared bleakly>

bleakness

noun


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