\ 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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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 Nor was my mother ever bleary-eyed in the morning because a rambunctious puppy didn't want to sleep the night before. Patti Davis, Town & Country, "How Nancy Reagan and Her Daughter Grew Close After the President's Death," 18 Dec. 2012 Memo to bosses across the Delaware Valley: Please excuse all Phillies-fan employees for being a bit bleary-eyed this morning. Scott Lauber,, "Nationals series shows why Phillies can't stand pat before trade deadline | Extra Innings," 25 June 2018 The assistants strain to gain entry into professional strata by working until their eyes are bleary., "Set It Up Is Not Only The Rom-Com Millennials Want, It’s The One They Need," 20 June 2018 The kids filed in right at game time, bleary-eyed but excited. Nick Hoppe,, "Orphans find families wherever they can," 2 July 2018 Upon realizing Salah had decided to skip an Egyptian practice to sneak in some additional rest, Kadyrov personally drove to Salah’s hotel and dragged him onto the pitch; a bleary-eyed Salah waved for the press and fans. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The World Cup’s Biggest Winners and Losers So Far—Both On and Off the Field," 29 June 2018 About 15 minutes before Heimlich's first pitch against Stanford, two bleary-eyed scouts for National League franchises, among the 25 or so on hand, said they'd been instructed not to talk about him, again using no names. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Inside Luke Heimlich's senior season with the Oregon State baseball team," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of bleary

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bleary was in the 14th century

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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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