\ 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

Other Words from bleary

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

Examples of bleary in a Sentence

She looked at me with bleary eyes. disoriented, bleary passengers departing from the red-eye
Recent Examples on the Web Most of them are foreign tourists, known for partying all night before running bleary-eyed down the unfamiliar cobblestone streets in front of fast, aggressive animals that weigh more than 1,000 pounds. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 7 July 2022 But, on rare occasions, adult female flies become bleary-eyed and lay festering broods in a human eyeball, causing a disease called ophthalmomyiasis. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 6 Apr. 2022 Uzi came onstage 30 minutes after his scheduled start time Sunday and saw his sound cut in the middle of one of his bleary emo-rap songs — a demonstration that not every troublemaker enjoys the industry leeway that Tyler does. Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2021 The song is spare, with a bleary electric-guitar line but not much else; in the open space, Nas is able to use his vocals to mark the contours of his emotions more delicately than on his other songs. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 24 Sep. 2021 Sun or not, bleary-eyed race winner Alex Bowman needed his shades. Dan Gelston, Orlando Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2022 Silver hair tousled, dark eyes bleary, Tosh grabs her phone from the nightstand, taps off the soft music and starts scrolling through her texts and emails. Andrea Ball, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2022 Notre Dame wasn’t the only bleary-eyed arrival to San Diego early Thursday. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2022 Americans may be bleary-eyed from Zoom fatigue, and many may be desperate to get back to live concerts and movie theaters. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bleary

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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\ 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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