\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web And maybe soon, the guy who makes your Triple Layer Nachos some bleary midnight. Sophie Alexander,, "What Taco Bell’s $100,000 Salary Offer Says About U.S. Jobs," 12 May 2020 One boy wiped the bleary eyes of his baby sibling, just woken up from a nap. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "In Slum at Epicenter of Duterte’s Drug Crackdown, Fear and Love Coexist," 2 Apr. 2020 For the rest of us, technology can help overcome that bleary-eyed and dreamy-headed feeling to get us out of bed on time. David Nield, Popular Science, "7 alarm apps that will actually wake you up," 25 Sep. 2019 On weekend mornings at Claro’s Italian Market in Arcadia, bleary-eyed diners shift their weight from side to side, clutching tiny pink pieces of paper printed with their number. Jenn Harrisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Where to find the best Italian sub sandwiches in Los Angeles," 14 Mar. 2020 The vote from bleary-eyed lawmakers finally came around 4 a.m. after Republicans repeatedly tried to slow the process by making lengthy speeches or bringing unsuccessful amendments up for a vote. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Colorado House, in late-night vote, passes death penalty repeal – governor could sign bill Wednesday," 26 Feb. 2020 Corey Huffine snapped a bleary-eyed sea lion selfie. oregonlive, "‘It just kept moving:’ Sea lion that wandered into Cowlitz County hills trapped after long standoff," 25 Feb. 2020 The research also may improve the quality of slumber for shift workers, bleary business travelers and insomniacs. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Can Research on Astronauts Lead to a Good Night’s Sleep on Earth?," 4 June 2018 Still bleary-eyed, Robinson sings children’s songs as Ariana begs for more. Connor Letourneau,, "How Warriors’ Glenn Robinson III is building a legacy all his own," 24 Nov. 2019

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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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21 May 2020

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“Bleary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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