\ ˈblir-ē How to pronounce bleary (audio) \

Definition of bleary

1 of the eyes or vision : dull or dimmed especially from fatigue or sleep
2 : poorly outlined or defined : dim a bleary view
3 : very tired bleary travelers

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Other Words from bleary

blearily \ ˈblir-​ə-​lē How to pronounce blearily (audio) \ adverb
bleariness \ ˈblir-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce bleariness (audio) \ noun

Examples of bleary in a Sentence

She looked at me with bleary eyes. disoriented, bleary passengers departing from the red-eye

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Late at night, the bleary-eyed teams share their ideas. Rowan Jacobsen, Outside Online, "An Ocean Plastics Field Trip for Corporate Executives," 8 Aug. 2019 The next morning, with bleary-eyed Noonan still recovering, John grabbed the camcorder in his friend's room and started filming him. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "When JFK Jr. and Carolyn got married: Never before seen tapes on TV for first time," 14 July 2019 Late into the night, a bleary-eyed Geipel watched to see if the common big-eared bat could use its echolocation capabilities to catch the dragonfly, even though the insect wasn’t moving or making any noise. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "Bats Use Leaves as Mirrors to Locate and Catch Their Prey," 1 Aug. 2019 Across town at the State Department, Ebrard, the Mexican foreign secretary, emerged bleary-eyed to describe the deal to journalists. Noah Bierman,, "Trump claims victory, but the U.S.-Mexico pact is a compromise, and tentative," 8 June 2019 The late-night sweeps that used to largely catch bleary-eyed partygoers and beer-sodden sports fans are now almost exclusively for the homeless. Rachel Swan,, "BART’s end of the line surges with homeless as misery plays out each night," 22 June 2019 When Golden State general manager Bob Myers called him late Friday morning, Thompson was still bleary-eyed and groggy. Connor Letourneau,, "‘You overcome it’: What’s next for Warriors, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant," 14 June 2019 And while male candidates’ flaws seem to be glanced at with bleary-eyed nonchalance, women’s are examined with a microscope. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why It's Impossible to Be a Likeable Female Politician," 11 Jan. 2019 Or, bleary-eyed, exiting ultra-exclusive nightclubs at 3 A.M. Not Hugh Jackman. Sheila Weller, Good Housekeeping, "Meet Mr. Romance: Hugh Jackman," 11 July 2013

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First Known Use of bleary

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bleary

: very tired and unable to see clearly


\ ˈbli(ə)r-ē How to pronounce bleary (audio) \

Medical Definition of bleary

of the eyes or vision
: dull or dimmed especially from fatigue or sleep

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