Definition of Bleak

1. Adjective. Offering little or no hope. "Took a dim view of things"

Exact synonyms: Black, Dim
Similar to: Hopeless
Derivative terms: Bleakness



2. Adjective. Providing no shelter or sustenance. "A stark landscape"
Exact synonyms: Bare, Barren, Desolate, Stark
Similar to: Inhospitable
Derivative terms: Bareness, Barren, Barrenness, Bleakness, Starkness

3. Adjective. Unpleasantly cold and damp. "Bleak winds of the North Atlantic"
Exact synonyms: Cutting, Raw
Similar to: Cold
Derivative terms: Bleakness, Rawness

Definition of Bleak

1. a. Without color; pale; pallid.

2. n. A small European river fish (Leuciscus alburnus), of the family Cyprinidæ; the blay.

Definition of Bleak

1. Adjective. Without color; pale; pallid. ¹

2. Adjective. Desolate and exposed; swept by cold winds. ¹

3. Adjective. unhappy; miserable. ¹

4. Noun. A small European river fish (''Alburnus alburnus''), of the family Cyprinidae; the blay. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bleak

1. dreary [adj BLEAKER, BLEAKEST] / a freshwater fish [n -S] - See also: dreary

Medical Definition of Bleak

1. A small European river fish (Leuciscus alburnus), of the family Cyprinidae; the blay. Alternative forms: blick. The silvery pigment lining the scales of the bleak is used in the manufacture of artificial pearls. Origin: From Bleak, cf. Blay. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Bleak

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1. The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster (1874)
"I subjoin the dozen titles successively proposed for bleak House. ... bleak House and the East Wind. How they both got into Chancery and never got out;" 12. ..."

2. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1892)
"It commands bleak House is a plain, substantial, compact, three-story structure of burnt brick. It has grounds of one and a quarter acres in extent, ..."

3. The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore by Thomas Moore, Alfred Denis Godley (1910)
"THERE IS A bleak DESERT (AiR. ... THERE is a bleak Desert, where daylight grows weary Of wasting its smile on a region BO dreary— 'Tis Life, cheerless Life, ..."

4. The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray by William Makepeace Thackeray, Sir Leslie Stephen (1899)
""AH, bleak AND BARREN WAS THE MOOR" AI! bleak and barren was the moor, Ah! loud and piercing was the storm, The cottage roof was sheltered sure, ..."

5. The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster (1874)
"I subjoin the dozen titles successively proposed for bleak House. ... bleak House and the East Wind. How they both got into Chancery and never got out;" 12. ..."

6. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1892)
"It commands bleak House is a plain, substantial, compact, three-story structure of burnt brick. It has grounds of one and a quarter acres in extent, ..."

7. The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore by Thomas Moore, Alfred Denis Godley (1910)
"THERE IS A bleak DESERT (AiR. ... THERE is a bleak Desert, where daylight grows weary Of wasting its smile on a region BO dreary— 'Tis Life, cheerless Life, ..."

8. The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray by William Makepeace Thackeray, Sir Leslie Stephen (1899)
""AH, bleak AND BARREN WAS THE MOOR" AI! bleak and barren was the moor, Ah! loud and piercing was the storm, The cottage roof was sheltered sure, ..."

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