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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. 2017.
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  • And he was quite aware, and never more so, of his bleary-eyed, forbidding appearance.

    The Turtles of Tasman Jack London
  • He was bleary-eyed and sticky-faced, as if he had slept too hard but not long enough.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • Some of the men, bleary-eyed with sleep, gathered in the cabin, and their comments were illuminating.

    His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy
  • The Medic was bleary-eyed and inclined to stagger when they freed him.

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

    Take the Reason Prisoner John Joseph McGuire
  • I found him first, a little withered, dried-up old fellow, wrinkled-faced and bleary-eyed and tottery.

    Before Adam Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for bleary-eyed


with eyes blurred, as with old age or after waking
physically or mentally unperceptive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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