\ˈblir-ē \

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 \ adverb
bleariness \ˈblir-​ē-​nəs \ 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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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 The research might also improve the quality of slumber for shift workers, bleary business travelers and insomniacs, the Journal’s Robert Lee Hotz writes. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 5 June 2018 Green on green on green on green, all of this chlorophyll inducing a bleary anesthetic—or Andrew thought so. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Fungus," 4 June 2017 The less romantically inclined can either record the live coverage and watch it later, or simply wait for reruns of it on Saturday, at a less bleary-eyed hour. Kristi Turnquist | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Royal Wedding TV Party: A guide to specials and live coverage," 16 May 2018

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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 \

Medical Definition of bleary 

of the eyes or vision

: dull or dimmed especially from fatigue or sleep

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