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Meaning of BLEAK

Pronunciation:  bleek

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  offering little or no hope; "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge; "took a dim view of things"
  2. [adj]  providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape"
  3. [adj]  unpleasantly cold and damp; "bleak winds of the North Atlantic"

BLEAK is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bare, barren, black, cold, cutting, desolate, dim, hopeless, inhospitable, raw, stark



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bleak\, a. [OE. blac, bleyke, bleche, AS. bl[=a]c, bl?c,
    pale, wan; akin to Icel. bleikr, Sw. blek, Dan. bleg, OS.
    bl?k, D. bleek, OHG. pleih, G. bleich; all from the root of
    AS. bl[=i]can to shine; akin to OHG. bl[=i]chen to shine; cf.
    L. flagrare to burn, Gr. ? to burn, shine, Skr. bhr[=a]j to
    shine, and E. flame. ?98. Cf. {Bleach}, {Blink}, {Flame}.]
    1. Without color; pale; pallid. [Obs.]
             When she came out she looked as pale and as bleak as
             one that were laid out dead.          --Foxe.
    2. Desolate and exposed; swept by cold winds.
             Wastes too bleak to rear The common growth of earth,
             the foodful ear.                      --Wordsworth.
             At daybreak, on the bleak sea beach.  --Longfellow.
    3. Cold and cutting; cheerless; as, a bleak blast. --
       {Bleak"ish}, a. -- {Bleak"ly}, adv. -- {Bleak"ness}, n.
  2. \Bleak\, n. [From {Bleak}, a., cf. {Blay}.] (Zo["o]l.)
    A small European river fish ({Leuciscus alburnus}), of the
    family Cyprinid[ae]; the blay. [Written also {blick}.]
    Note: The silvery pigment lining the scales of the bleak is
          used in the manufacture of artificial pearls. --Baird.
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