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[bleer-ee] /ˈblɪər i/
adjective, blearier, bleariest.
(of the eyes or sight) blurred or dimmed, as from sleep or weariness.
indistinct; unclear:
The day begins with a bleary view of one's world.
fatigued; worn-out.
Origin of bleary
1350-1400; Middle English blery. See blear (adj.), -y1
Related forms
blearily, adverb
bleariness, noun Unabridged
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  • He was old and bleary, unmistakably dirty too—but he had divined Sidney's romance.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "Yes, Miss," said the stranger, blinking at her with his bleary eyes.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • Then I stopped, for the man with the bleary eyes had shut the wicket in my face.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • I recognised it in spite of the red blotches and the bleary film that hid the eyes.

    Novel Notes Jerome K. Jerome
  • Her eyes were bleary and red-rimmed, her breath reeked of porter.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • Mirestone swung around and glared at the bleary eyed Dutchman.

    The White Feather Hex Don Peterson
British Dictionary definitions for bleary


adjective blearier, bleariest
(of eyes or vision) dimmed or blurred, as by tears or tiredness
indistinct or unclear
exhausted; tired
Derived Forms
blearily, adverb
bleariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bleary

late 14c., from blear + -y (2). Related: Blearily; bleariness.

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