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

  • adj. Blurred or dimmed by or as if by tears: bleary eyes.
  • adj. Vaguely outlined; indistinct.
  • adj. Exhausted; worn-out.

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  • adj. Tired, having senses dulled by exhaustion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Somewhat blear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bleared; rheumy; dim: as, bleary red eyes.
  • Blurred; confused; cloudy; misty.
  • n. See bleery.

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

  • adj. indistinct or hazy in outline
  • adj. tired to the point of exhaustion


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  • A lot fo this ended up in bleary morning train rides home the next day.

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  • I'm also still bleary from the weekend: worked all day yesterday, stayed up too late on Saturday helping my UConn-fan wife obliterate the immediate past with mojitos and Classical Barbra, and was out too late on Friday witnessing The Bad Plus in the flesh and then finally meeting Ethan Iverson.

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  • Through Mrs. Trapolli’s kitchen window, Maia can see daylight draining into the sky, bleaching it in bleary transparent streaks.

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  • A BusyBodyBook is a dayplanner for parents, which, although I have no direct experience of it, has got to be a good thing because hello? keeping track of all baby-related activities and appointments and whatever ain’t easy when you’re all bleary from the parenting business that you can’t keep track of in the first place.

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  • Surely most of us who have children can recall the bleary days of early parenthood when that baby woke us throughout the night.

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  • Two groups in a row, she’s been rumpled and bleary, which is out of character for her.


  • "What we've been seeing from these teams a lot is kind of bleary-eyed guys wandering back and forth grabbing food," says Corns.

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  • Common opponents within a division were, and again I'm kind of bleary now, at most about 11?

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  • But the band don't play their songs as a series of genre pastiches; it all sounds like the work of the same outfit, one enamored of a certain kind of bleary, melodic sound and willing to take just about any path to get there.


  • If you're still kind of bleary-eyed this morning, you may want to skim rapidly over the following:



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