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adjective, blear·i·er, blear·i·est.
  1. (of the eyes or sight) blurred or dimmed, as from sleep or weariness.
  2. indistinct; unclear: The day begins with a bleary view of one's world.
  3. fatigued; worn-out.
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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

Historical Examples

  • Blearily, he sat himself down behind the counter, greeted some of the hawkers coming across the road, and readied his ticket-roll.


    Cory Doctorow

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for blearily


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



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

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