- 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
Examples from the Web for bleakly
And yet, there was always an astringent, bleakly humorous honesty to the man.The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Henry Ford
May 14, 2013
Thomas Edsall offers a bleakly pessimistic assessment of American politics in his new book, The Age of Austerity.David's Book Club: The Age of Austerity
February 21, 2012
Truth came to him bleakly, and laid her chill conviction upon him.The War in the Air
Herbert George Wells
They knocked again, waited, then stared at each other bleakly.The Golden Skull
“That is no matter of congratulation with me,” she said bleakly.Robinetta
Kate Douglas Wiggin
The third, clearly one of greater authority, regarded Ross bleakly.The Time Traders
She wouldn't get out of the way of evil, but bleakly accepted it.Christopher and Columbus
Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
- exposed and barren; desolate
- cold and raw
- offering little hope or excitement; dismala bleak future
- any slender silvery European cyprinid fish of the genus Alburnus, esp A. lucidus, occurring in slow-flowing rivers
Word Origin and History for bleakly
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."