[ bleer ]
/ blɪər /

verb (used with object)

to make dim, as with tears or inflammation: a biting wind that bleared the vision.


(of the eyes) dim from tears.
dim; indistinct.


a blur; cloudiness; dimness: She was concerned about the recent blear in her vision.

Origin of blear

1250–1300; Middle English bleri, blere (v.), blere (adj.) < ?

Related forms

blear·ed·ness [bleer-id-nis] /ˈblɪər ɪd nɪs/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blear


/ (blɪə) archaic /


(tr) to make (eyes or sight) dim with or as if with tears; blur


a less common word for bleary

Word Origin for blear

C13: blere to make dim; related to Middle High German blerre blurred vision
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