- bare, desolate, and often windswept: a bleak plain.
- cold and piercing; raw: a bleak wind.
- without hope or encouragement; depressing; dreary: a bleak future.
Origin of bleak1
Related Words for bleakerdesolate, austere, dreary, chilly, cold, grim, lonely, harsh, somber, sad, dark, gloomy, dismal, bare, blank, burned, desert, deserted, exposed, flat
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Contemporary Examples of bleaker
In the Districts—the cities and towns of New York—the reality is bleaker.Hunger Games Comes to New York State’s Public Schools
November 26, 2014
Of course it's pretty hard to see the regime compromising, but other avenues are bleaker still.Syria: Banking on Geneva
May 30, 2013
That Chenoweth would be suited to a role that channels the bleaker parts of her past should come as no surprise.Kristin Chenoweth on Her Darker Role in ‘Family Weekend’
March 27, 2013
It means that the outlook for immigration reform will only get bleaker.Obama's Depressed Liberal Base
July 25, 2010
Historical Examples of bleaker
The rain had ceased; but the night was dark, and the wind was bleaker than ever.The Lock And Key Library
Greg's face was bleaker than usual as he turned from the board to look at Russ.Empire
Clifford Donald Simak
The bleaker the situation, so it is near a stream border, the better the cassiope loves it.The Land of Little Rain
They reached Waterville an hour later, and they found it even smaller and bleaker than they expected.The Candidate
Joseph Alexander Altsheler
It is like a fire that flares up brilliantly for a while and then leaves everything blacker and bleaker than before.
- exposed and barren; desolate
- cold and raw
- offering little hope or excitement; dismala bleak future
Word Origin for bleak
- any slender silvery European cyprinid fish of the genus Alburnus, esp A. lucidus, occurring in slow-flowing rivers
Word Origin for bleak
c.1300, "pale," from Old Norse bleikr "pale, whitish, blond," from Proto-Germanic *blaika- "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Later "bare, windswept" (1530s). Sense of "cheerless" is c.1719 figurative extension. The same Germanic root produced Old English blac "pale," but this died out, probably from confusion with blæc "black;" however bleak persisted, with a sense of "bare" as well as "pale."