: having the eyes dimmed and watery (as from fatigue, drink, or emotion)

Examples of bleary-eyed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our party of three, by contrast, included two bleary-eyed parents and a starving 8-year-old. Jacqui Gifford, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023 Some people roll out of bed bleary-eyed and head straight into the shower to freshen up (and wake up) for the day ahead. Bianca London, Glamour, 3 Oct. 2023 Lucas Sommer woke up around the time the stock market opened and, still bleary-eyed, opened his Robinhood app. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2023 Many are bleary-eyed after a whirlwind week celebrating the Salone del Mobile, the world's largest furniture-and-design fair. Kerry Olsen, Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Aug. 2023 Pablo, a hefty dude in a tight white tee, bleary-eyed behind his thick shades, dumps multiple tablespoons of sugar onto his rice. Alphonse Pierre, Pitchfork, 21 Aug. 2023 The kids and their caregivers meet at 7 a.m. at a South Side big box store parking lot, bleary-eyed but excited. Claire Savage, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 June 2023 The sirens wail across the Ukrainian capital, rousing bleary-eyed residents, who, after 15 months of war, have customized individual routines to cope with Russia’s latest air campaign. Samya Kullab, Chicago Tribune, 29 May 2023 Past winners include champs of all shapes and sizes Last year, Trumpet the bleary-eyed bloodhound ran away with best in show, the first bloodhound to earn the title. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 8 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bleary-eyed was in 1847

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“Bleary-eyed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bleary-eyed. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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