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
Several current and former NOPD homicide detectives, who were not authorized to speak publicly, described to The Times-Picayune in April a bleak workplace environment beset by inadequate staffing, excessive caseloads and dysfunctional management.
In Lebanon, the numbers were similarly bleak: 91 percent of Syrian households are in debt, owing an average of $940, while 70 percent live below the poverty line of $115 per person per month.
The setting is bleak but spectacular; the pacing is slow but deliberate; the performances are non-actorly in the best sense possible.
The model’s bleak projection for the Conservatives reflected the company’s latest headline voting intention figures, which gave the party the support of 42 percent, just four percentage points ahead of Labour on 38 percent.
Hollywood just suffered its worst Memorial Day weekend in 18 years, an eye-popping omen for what’s shaping up to be a bleak summer box office.
When things were particularly bleak, my younger sister, Jess, often had to speak up for me.
Recent news regarding national retailers tends to be bleak.
But no one has stepped up yet, raising the bleak possibility that the world's greatest aviation mystery may never be solved.
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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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