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[bleer-ee] /ˈblɪər i/
adjective, blearier, bleariest.
(of the eyes or sight) blurred or dimmed, as from sleep or weariness.
indistinct; unclear:
The day begins with a bleary view of one's world.
fatigued; worn-out.
Origin of bleary
1350-1400; Middle English blery. See blear (adj.), -y1
Related forms
blearily, adverb
bleariness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bleary
  • Finding a tank and looking through all the fish to find the correct tag leaves you bleary-eyed and tired.
  • They let you snap sharp photos of your pals at the pub no matter how bleary-eyed you're feeling.
  • bleary-eyed police officers who had been in position since before sunrise wielded cups of coffee.
  • Millions of hay fever sufferers needlessly put up with congestion and bleary eyes.
  • At last: a lodging truly geared to bleary-eyed travelers en route to still another destination.
  • The bleary eyes of my staff were looking up at me, hoping for some sort of motivation through the remaining weeks of our audit.
  • Some staff members complain of being survey-weary-and-bleary.
British Dictionary definitions for bleary


adjective blearier, bleariest
(of eyes or vision) dimmed or blurred, as by tears or tiredness
indistinct or unclear
exhausted; tired
Derived Forms
blearily, adverb
bleariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bleary

late 14c., from blear + -y (2). Related: Blearily; bleariness.

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