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or blear-eyed

[bleer-ee-ahyd or bleer-ahyd] /ˈblɪər iˌaɪd or ˈblɪərˌaɪd/
having bleary eyes.
dull of perception; shortsighted.
Origin of bleary-eyed
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was bleary-eyed and sticky-faced, as if he had slept too hard but not long enough.

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  • "The others come in around nine," the clerk said, yawning, bleary-eyed.

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  • The Medic was bleary-eyed and inclined to stagger when they freed him.

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  • I found him first, a little withered, dried-up old fellow, wrinkled-faced and bleary-eyed and tottery.

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  • Peterson's bleary-eyed aide came into the kitchen and slumped into a chair at the table.

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  • Jack groaned and Rosemary, patiently holding a bleary-eyed cat for Sarah, looked at him anxiously.

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British Dictionary definitions for bleary-eyed


with eyes blurred, as with old age or after waking
physically or mentally unperceptive
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