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verb (used with object)
  1. to make dim, as with tears or inflammation: a biting wind that bleared the vision.
  1. (of the eyes) dim from tears.
  2. dim; indistinct.
  1. 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 formsblear·ed·ness [bleer-id-nis] /ˈblɪər ɪd nɪs/, 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.

    The Shadow of a Crime

    Hall Caine

  • 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!

British Dictionary definitions for bleared


  1. (tr) to make (eyes or sight) dim with or as if with tears; blur
  1. 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.

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