Where these bleaks yearly seeking to be nourished, they be always at that season taken and destroyed.
Mr bleaks, will you be so good as to have the gig and my luggage brought on shore?
bleaks called to his wife, who presently came to the room door.
Will Mr bleaks be so good as to read over his account once more?
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."