verb (used with object)
- bleaching powder,
- bleak house,
Origin of blear
Examples from the Web for blear
"'Twould turn the edge of a knife," said I, tasting it and looking at him: but his one blear'd eye was inscrutable.The Splendid Spur|Arthur T. Quiller Couch
In simple chronic ophthalmia, blear eyes, &c., also to remove particles of lime from the eyes.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
He gazed with an open mouth and puzzled, blear eyes at the woman before him.A Sheaf of Corn|Mary E. Mann
Burglars are not all escaped convicts, blear eyed and hideous; nor do they all go about in fustian.The Diamond Coterie|Lawrence L. Lynch
As the direfulness of it all crept over him, something very like anger gleamed through the blear of his faded eyes.Stories of the Foot-hills|Margaret Collier Graham
Word Origin for blear
c.1300, blere "watery, rheumy," perhaps related to blur. Cf. Middle High German blerre "having blurred vision."
"to dim (of vision); to have watery or rheumy eyes," early 14c., of uncertain origin, possibly from an Old English *blerian, from the same source as blear (adj.). Related: Bleared; blearing.