from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. With eyes blurred or reddened, as from exhaustion or lack of sleep.
  • adj. Dull of mind or perception.

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  • adj. Tired, because of lack of sleep, and having blurred or reddened eyes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having eyes sore or unfocused, due to weariness or excessive drinking; same as blear-eyed{1}.
  • adj. same as teary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tired to the point of exhaustion


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  • "We didn't find out until 2 1/2 or 3 hours later what was going on," said Katya Funk, 18, a bleary-eyed freshman in a sweatsuit.

    Police: Drug lab found at Georgetown University

  • Late bedtimes and an 8am or 9am start mean many workers reach the office already bleary-eyed.

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  • Lauded at Sundance, where its leads Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman and director won prizes, it's a brutal character study that takes a bleary-eyed look at the notion of redemption.

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  • To the shock of France, he was booked and walked the following day from a Harlem police station before a bevy of international photographers — handcuffed, rumpled and bleary-eyed.

    French Socialists hope for Strauss-Kahn candidacy

  • The door opened and closed, the bell rang, and footsteps - their sound a dry shuffle - approached the counter behind which Orphan sat, bleary-eyed and untidy, a mug of coffee (the largest that was available) and the morning paper resting by his side.

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  • Call it the real night shift - that noctural period when bleary-eyed adults leave warm beds to tend to the needs of sick kids, elderly parents, an ailing spouse or incontinent pet.

    Is There A Sleep Gender Gap?

  • Brown The Washington Post Call it the real night shift - that noctural period when bleary-eyed adults leave warm beds to tend...

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  • We surrender ourselves bleary-eyed and obsessively into the Google-clicking trance -- we descend deeply into the labyrinth of links within links within links -- and for this?

    Pamela Haag, Ph.D.: In a Google World, Do You Have the 'Right to Be Forgotten'?

  • We dressed quickly and raced across campus with all the other clumps of confused, bleary-eyed students.


  • Beside him, Cat swayed bleary-eyed and silent in the saddle.

    Earl of Durkness


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