- 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
Examples from the Web for bleared
A bleared winter sun was sinking down through a scarf of mist.The Shadow of a Crime
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
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!Enamels and Cameos and other Poems
- (tr) to make (eyes or sight) dim with or as if with tears; blur
- a less common word for bleary
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.