- 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
Examples from the Web for blear
Historical Examples of blear
He gazed with an open mouth and puzzled, blear eyes at the woman before him.A Sheaf of Corn
Mary E. Mann
The dogs were nearly as furious as the night before, and the day's eye was blear.The Lost Pibroch
Blear eyes, sore faces, and sore feet were almost universal.Notes on Old Edinburgh
Isabella L. Bird
Idiots, with blear eyes and protending under-lips, gibbered and whined.The Garden Of Allah
"You bet I c'n answer," said Alf bravely, blinking his blear eyes.The Daughter of Anderson Crow
George Barr McCutcheon
- (tr) to make (eyes or sight) dim with or as if with tears; blur
- a less common word for bleary
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.