or blear-eyed

[bleer-ee-ahyd or bleer-ahyd]

Origin of bleary-eyed

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bleary-eyed

Contemporary Examples of bleary-eyed

Historical Examples of bleary-eyed

  • He was bleary-eyed and sticky-faced, as if he had slept too hard but not long enough.

  • "The others come in around nine," the clerk said, yawning, bleary-eyed.

    Take the Reason Prisoner

    John Joseph McGuire

  • The Medic was bleary-eyed and inclined to stagger when they freed him.

    Plague Ship

    Andre Norton

  • I found him first, a little withered, dried-up old fellow, wrinkled-faced and bleary-eyed and tottery.

    Before Adam

    Jack London

  • Peterson's bleary-eyed aide came into the kitchen and slumped into a chair at the table.

British Dictionary definitions for bleary-eyed



  1. with eyes blurred, as with old age or after waking
  2. physically or mentally unperceptive
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