- bare, desolate, and often windswept: a bleak plain.
- cold and piercing; raw: a bleak wind.
- without hope or encouragement; depressing; dreary: a bleak future.
Origin of bleak1
Examples from the Web for bleakest
“Justice-without-mercy must easily be the bleakest, coldest, combination of words in the language,” Salinger writes.When Salinger Spoke Out: A Rare 1959 Public Letter Against Life in Prison
December 9, 2013
The nonprofit Samasource farms out manual data-entry work to refugees in the bleakest war-torn areas on earth.Never Mind Inequality: Silicon Valley Enriches All of Our Lives
May 30, 2013
But it is precisely when conditions are bleakest that people on both sides require a positive vision for the future.Old Problems and New Realities
November 22, 2012
That comes a few hours after the jobs report from Friday morning, one of the bleakest yet.A President Adrift
September 2, 2011
And working in politics at the bleakest moment is better than any other career that certainly was available to me.A Q and A With Nicolle Wallace, Palin's Chaperone
Ana Marie Cox
October 28, 2008
A gray dawn was breaking, and this is the coldest and bleakest hour of the day.Left on the Labrador
It was near the setting of the sun on one of the bleakest and coldest days of the year.The Tory Maid
Herbert Baird Stimpson
He looked the saddest, sickest, bleakest creature I had ever seen.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
As for me, I would not change the bleakest of them for the province of Champagne.Doom Castle
It was a heavy forenoon for me, perhaps the bleakest and dreariest of my life.The Book of Susan
Lee Wilson Dodd
- exposed and barren; desolate
- cold and raw
- offering little hope or excitement; dismala bleak future
- any slender silvery European cyprinid fish of the genus Alburnus, esp A. lucidus, occurring in slow-flowing rivers
Word Origin and History for bleakest
c.1300, "pale," from Old Norse bleikr "pale, whitish, blond," from Proto-Germanic *blaika- "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Later "bare, windswept" (1530s). Sense of "cheerless" is c.1719 figurative extension. The same Germanic root produced Old English blac "pale," but this died out, probably from confusion with blæc "black;" however bleak persisted, with a sense of "bare" as well as "pale."