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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 of blear
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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Examples from the Web for bleared
Historical Examples
  • A bleared winter sun was sinking down through a scarf of mist.

  • His face was pale and haggard, and his eyes were bleared and heavy.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • It was the living face as he remembered it—bleared, bloated, gross, and drunken.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • His eyes were bleared, and told all too surely the cause of the transformation.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • The room is populous, and bleared With folk brought hither by a breath!

  • His eyes were bleared, his thin hair all tossed, and he was shaking.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • Below, the bleared lights of the city stretched away to the sky-line.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • Her smile had gone, but she was searching the bleared eyes of the man.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • His face was flushed and red; his eyes were watery, bleared.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • While he lay, the waning, fading moon had risen, weak and bleared and dull.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for bleared

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 bleared

blear

adj.

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

blear

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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