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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
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


(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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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