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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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  • The bleary eyes were really fastened intently on the girl's bright face, and he hung upon her words.

    Prudence Says So Ethel Hueston
  • Her eyes were bleary and red-rimmed, her breath reeked of porter.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • "Yes, Miss," said the stranger, blinking at her with his bleary eyes.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • Mirestone swung around and glared at the bleary eyed Dutchman.

    The White Feather Hex Don Peterson
  • The tube-lights of the mine, strung between small metal poles, winked on like bleary eyes.

  • He was old and bleary, unmistakably dirty too—but he had divined Sidney's romance.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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