blear

[ bleer ]
/ blɪər /

verb (used with object)

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

adjective

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

noun

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

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Origin of blear

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

OTHER WORDS FROM blear

blear·ed·ness [bleer-id-nis], /ˈblɪər ɪd nɪs/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for blear

blear
/ (blɪə) archaic /

verb

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

adjective

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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