Definition of bleakly in US English:



  • See bleak

    • ‘At every machine an earnest young (or not-so-young but trying to look it) person pumps bleakly away, intimidatingly burning those extra pounds, trimming those recalcitrant inches.’
    • ‘This tale of privileged Asian-American high schoolers whose studious, overachieving image serves as a cover for criminal activity drew criticism for the bleakly amoral light it throws on its subjects.’
    • ‘At first, and indeed for the first hour or so, the play - set not just in a nursing home but in the bathroom of a nursing home - seems bleakly realistic.’
    • ‘As for his business trips abroad, the reality was bleakly mundane: three or four days watching television in a lonely room in the Geneva airport hotel, after which he'd return bearing gifts from the duty-free shop.’
    • ‘Inis Theatre focuses its warped lens on the bleakly comic world of love and those who want it… taking on the three-minute mating game for the curious, the desperate and the deranged.’
    • ‘In the United States, residents of the New Jersey fishing town of Little Egg Harbor are bleakly counting down the hours before the scheduled execution of one of their neighbours, Paul Johnson.’
    • ‘There are also a lot of rousing singalongs devoted to Gough's belief in the transcendental power of love, balanced by lyrical dramas bleakly pondering death and the afterlife.’
    • ‘With the steel town dying around them, Romero's personal, downbeat, bleakly beautiful movie is simultaneously psycho-thriller and black social satire.’
    • ‘Apart from the odd murder, armed robbery, and depraved party, it's mostly sitting around bleakly decorated social clubs, playing gin rummy and eating.’
    • ‘The government's view, he said bleakly, was that throughout their history the Jews had been forced to justify their existence; they were no longer prepared to do so.’
    • ‘Other shops bleakly announce: CLOSED FOR WINTER.’
    • ‘United's day began bleakly when Rio Ferdinand sustained the 14th-minute knee injury which would ultimately see him hobbling off the field early in the second half to begin his eight-month suspension.’
    • ‘In a bleakly appropriate coda, just as we finished discussing the rehabilitation of mined lands, a one-legged man on a bicycle pedaled gamely past our car.’
    • ‘A chisel-faced Van Gogh stares bleakly from a green ground, Francis Bacon is a massacre of distorted whorls and Sarah Lucas peers over a wilting cigarette.’
    • ‘‘I guess I forgot to turn the water off,’ he shrugged as I bleakly stared down at the puddle of water that had now turned the floor into an Olympic-size swimming pool.’
    • ‘Dan, now successful in advertising, is doing his best to drink himself into failure; in a bleakly comic scene he clashes with Julia, who has become a wealthy lifestyle guru.’
    • ‘The phone rings so the father goes downstairs, sparing Lewis from a beating but leaving him shocked and scared, slumped against the door staring bleakly into the camera.’
    • ‘As long as I'm on the subject: Friday I found a new installment of the Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware, which continues to be the most bleakly amusing account of emotional cruelty you'll find.’
    • ‘The play of image and title assures us, bleakly, that the magi and the scholar-diplomats have been replaced by genetic engineers and military strategists.’
    • ‘Rather surprisingly, he went on to express regret that he would not be able to see Coldplay, purveyors of a brand of rock so bleakly miserable they make the Velvet Underground sound like the Laughing Policeman.’