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[bleer] /blɪər/
verb (used with object)
to make dim, as with tears or inflammation:
a biting wind that bleared the vision.
(of the eyes) dim from tears.
dim; indistinct.
a blur; cloudiness; dimness:
She was concerned about the recent blear in her vision.
Origin of blear
1250-1300; Middle English bleri, blere (v.), blere (adj.) < ?
Related forms
[bleer-id-nis] /ˈblɪər ɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bleared
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  • His face was pale and haggard, and his eyes were bleared and heavy.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • His eyes were bleared, his thin hair all tossed, and he was shaking.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • He was dirty, his eyes were bleared, and the cunning, shifty look betokened a long life of vicious habits.

    Looking Seaward Again Walter Runciman
  • Her smile had gone, but she was searching the bleared eyes of the man.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • The bleared, spectacled eyes lit up, the prim mouth broke into a smile which matched the April sun.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • His face was flushed and red; his eyes were watery, bleared.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • But this poor creature is made with her bleared blind eyes to fall into the very lowest depths of feminine ignobility.

    Thackeray Anthony Trollope
  • A bleared winter sun was sinking down through a scarf of mist.

  • Maren dried her bleared eyes, and looked faithfully into his.

    Ditte: Girl Alive! Martin Andersen Nexo
  • It was the living face as he remembered it—bleared, bloated, gross, and drunken.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for bleared


(transitive) to make (eyes or sight) dim with or as if with tears; blur
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 bleared



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


"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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