Definition of bleary in English:



  • (of the eyes) unfocused or filmy from sleep or tiredness.

    ‘you hate to face the world with bleary, tear-soaked, itching eyes’
    • ‘You turn over in your half-sleep and try to read the numbers, but they blur before your bleary eyes.’
    • ‘Once she had inhaled enough oxygen, Jynx peered up with bleary eyes only to find a pair of red eyes and a smirk staring down at her.’
    • ‘I crawled into the day with bleary eyes and a slothful demeanour.’
    • ‘Mrs Bargarz has opened a bleary eye and spotted my midnight endeavours.’
    • ‘Her eyes were still bleary from tears when he approached her, but they weren't tears of sadness or even regret.’
    • ‘Practically everyone I meet these days seems to have bleary eyes, scarlet noses and a croaking voice.’
    • ‘The next morning brings heavy heads and bleary eyes, and a need for some fresh air.’
    • ‘The screen would move in waves in front of my bleary eyes so I'd give up trying to make sense of the dancing letters after a few minutes.’
    • ‘She would arrive late looking crumpled and haggard after a late night, with straggly hair and bleary eyes.’
    • ‘He pulled a grimy handkerchief from his pocket and let fly with a wet honk into the rag, then he looked at them with bleary eyes.’
    • ‘Everyone I've seen in London today has got bleary eyes, and is yawning.’
    • ‘The rocking of the rickety, old train and the whoosh and whir of the wheels teased our weary bodies and bleary eyes.’
    • ‘Ronald's bleary eyes widened in surprise when he saw his 15 year old son standing in front of him.’
    • ‘I eased a bleary eye through a crack in the curtains to get a foretaste of the weather.’
    • ‘It was after midnight, my eyes were bleary and my head was cloudy from drink.’
    • ‘Andrew rolled over and looked at her though still bleary eyes.’
    • ‘The bleary eyes, he says, are down to a lack of sleep because of a faulty alarm on his motorbike.’
    • ‘Through bleary eyes, they watched in horror as a blaze devoured the house of one of their best-loved families.’
    • ‘My eyes were bleary, and I just wanted to close them and go back to sleep.’
    • ‘He had not been sobbing but her cheeks were moist and his eyes were bleary.’
    blurred, blurry, unfocused
    fogged, clouded, cloudy, dim, dull, filmy
    muzzy, tired
    moist, misty, watery, rheumy
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