bleary

[ bleer-ee ]
/ ˈblɪər i /
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adjective, blear·i·er, blear·i·est.

(of the eyes or sight) blurred or dimmed, as from sleep or weariness.
indistinct; unclear: The day begins with a bleary view of one's world.
fatigued; worn-out.

Origin of bleary

1350–1400; Middle English blery. See blear (adj.), -y1
Related formsblear·i·ly, adverbblear·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for blearily

  • Claggett Chew was blearily studying a paper spread out before him, leaning his ugly bare skull on one hand.

    Mr. Wicker's Window|Carley Dawson
  • Blearily, he sat himself down behind the counter, greeted some of the hawkers coming across the road, and readied his ticket-roll.

    Makers|Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for blearily

bleary

/ (ˈblɪərɪ) /

adjective blearier or bleariest

(of eyes or vision) dimmed or blurred, as by tears or tiredness
indistinct or unclear
exhausted; tired
Derived Formsblearily, adverbbleariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for blearily

bleary


adj.

late 14c., from blear + -y (2). Related: Blearily; bleariness.

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