bleary

adjective
\ 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 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 Looking on were a small cadre of bleary-eyed staffers and floor staff. Ryan Nobles, Ted Barrett And Manu Raju, CNN, 28 May 2021 Little Oblivions begins with the bleary stop-and-start of static, which turns into the backbone of a melody, one that comes in and out of focus just like the story Julien Baker tells. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 27 May 2021 The festival’s epic speaking-clock finale had its own bleary pleasures. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 Your inbox was populated overnight by bleary-eyed inbox-zero adherents pounding away in a converted closet. Tim Maurer, Forbes, 11 Apr. 2021 After laboring all night on a mountain of amendments — nearly all from Republicans and rejected — bleary-eyed senators approved the sprawling package on a 50-49 party-line vote. Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Mar. 2021 After laboring all night on a mountain of amendments — nearly all from Republicans and rejected — bleary-eyed senators approved the sprawling package on a 50-49 party-line vote. Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Mar. 2021 Forget boring, bleary-eyed toast and embrace the effortlessness of premade frittata, porridge, breakfast cake (!), and more. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 19 Mar. 2021 After laboring all night on a mountain of amendments — nearly all from Republicans and rejected — bleary-eyed senators approved the sprawling package on a 50-49 party-line vote. Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of bleary

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bleary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bleary. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for bleary

bleary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bleary

: very tired and unable to see clearly

bleary

adjective
\ 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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