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

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

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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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