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 documentaryb :  not hopeful or encouraging :  depressing a bleak prognosis a bleak outlook the future looks bleakc :  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

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Origin and Etymology 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

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

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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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