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blear

[bleer] /blɪər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make dim, as with tears or inflammation:
a biting wind that bleared the vision.
adjective
2.
(of the eyes) dim from tears.
3.
dim; indistinct.
noun
4.
a blur; cloudiness; dimness:
She was concerned about the recent blear in her vision.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English bleri, blere (v.), blere (adj.) < ?
Related forms
blearedness
[bleer-id-nis] /ˈblɪər ɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for blear

blear

/blɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make (eyes or sight) dim with or as if with tears; blur
adjective
2.
a less common word for bleary
Word Origin
C13: blere to make dim; related to Middle High German blerre blurred vision
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Word Origin and History for blear
adj.

c.1300, blere "watery, rheumy," perhaps related to blur. Cf. Middle High German blerre "having blurred vision."

v.

"to dim (of vision); to have watery or rheumy eyes," early 14c., of uncertain origin, possibly from an Old English *blerian, from the same source as blear (adj.). Related: Bleared; blearing.

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