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
But no one has stepped up yet, raising the bleak possibility that the world's greatest aviation mystery may never be solved.
In Oueslatia, Amri’s bleak home town in Tunisia, news of his death had reached his mother, five sisters and three brothers, who until the end held hopes that the German authorities were after the wrong guy.
The idea of putting the collection online was borne of bleak days after Hurricane Katrina flooded much of New Orleans in 2005.
There is no timeless hero here, just a worn individual in bleak surroundings.
Unfortunately, there’s also the fear that, as bleak as this is going to sound, my husband and I will die in a plane crash and orphan her—most likely, I was convinced before Harbour Island, on the tiny, hot pink propeller plane from Ft.
On both counts, whites without a college degree express the bleakest view.
Recent reports and evaluations of the state of affairs in Afghanistan indicate a bleak immediate future, despite billions of dollars of foreign aid.
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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
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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